Stealing Minnesota

It looks like Norm Coleman wants to steal back what he lost:

Minnesota’s highest court on Wednesday ruled against Republican Sen. Norm Coleman’s attempt to keep dozens of possible double votes from Democratic-heavy precincts out of the long-running U.S. Senate recount, but left the door open for a lawsuit.


Coleman’s attorneys, who said the campaign was “deeply disappointed” by the decision, added that it virtually guaranteed the recount would end in litigation and delay the seating of a Minnesota senator past Jan. 6, when the next Congress convenes.

“This is close enough so that inevitably as a result of this decision, either party is going to be filing a lawsuit,” said Fritz Knaak, Coleman’s lead attorney for the recount.

Here was the issue at hand:

In a brief, unanimous decision handed out earlier this afternoon, the Minnesota Supreme Court denied Norm Coleman’s request to prevent certification of the recount until claims regarding alleged double-counted ballots are resolved. Nor will it require any further efforts from the counties in pursuit of such ballots.

The Court decided simply that Coleman hadn’t presented enough evidence, essentially challenging him to contest the election if he could come back with more. As we pointed out yesterday, while it is nearly guaranteed that there were at least some instances of double-counting, the same discrepancies could be explained by other phenomena, an Coleman’s case relied on what might could best be described as circumstantial evidence.

So Coleman says there are ballots that were duplicated but not marked as duplicates, leading to a single vote being counted twice; the problem is, they have no evidence that actually occurred.  So in the end, the court decided they had no grounds upon which to overturn the result of the recount.

A win is a win; even if it’s by a small margin, whoever gets the most legitimately-cast votes takes office.  Norm Coleman is trying to weasel his way back into the Senate by disregarding the will of the voters.  But when this is  all said and done, Coleman won’t have a legal leg to stand on–or a Senate seat to sit in.