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March 5th, 2009

Sen. Coleman States His Case

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Written by: Craig Robinson

colemanSenator Norm Coleman of Minnesota is continuing his re-election fight over Al Franken. On the day after the election, Sen. Colman led by 775 votes. After the Canvassing Board finished a recount in January, Mr. Franken led by 225 votes. A friend once told me that the longer Democrats have to count votes, the less likely the Republican will succeed. That’s clearly the case here. Sen. Colman and his legal team have been before a three judge panel to discuss the disparities that occurred during the recount. Last week Coleman’s legal team rested their case. Here’s what the Coleman team has proven:

1. The court ruled that certain ballots were “illegal votes” under Minnesota law which also meant that hundreds, if not thousands, are currently included in the Election Night and Canvassing Board totals. The court cannot meet its statutory mandate of certifying each candidate’s number of “legally cast votes” without applying its standard to all votes counted in the election.

2. Testimony before the court from numerous county election officials showed that they counted ballots on Election Day that are identical to ones the court ruled “illegal.”

3. Different counties applied different standards to identical ballots, thereby disenfranchising voters who lived in one county but enfranchising voters in other counties. It is a violation of the constitutional right of Equal Protection to count some votes but not others based solely on a voter’s residence.

4. Election officials did not code some duplicate ballots back to their originals, as required by law. This led to double counting of some ballots, resulting in more votes than voters in a number of precincts.

5. The final election count is permeated with “missing” and “found” ballots in numerous precincts, making it impossible to determine the number of “legally cast” votes each candidate received.

Sen. Colman a solid case in his fight to retain his U.S. Senate seat. Al Franken’s legal team now goes before the three judge panel. Some expect Franken’s team to take three weeks to make their case.

It is expected that whoever loses this case will appeal the decision, meaning this case will probably end up in the Supreme Court before a winner is determined.

About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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