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  • Nothing Funny About What's Happening in Minnesota

    On Wednesday morning it was 725; on Wednesday night it was 477; on Thursday night it was down to 336; by Friday it was 239; Sunday it was 221; and by today it was down to only 204. Are we talking about the Dow Jones falling on Wall Street? No, we are talking about the incredible shrinking margin of Sen. Norm Coleman’s victory over Al Franken.

    There is no question that there are usually some slight changes in the vote totals in counties throughout a state as election officials check the final tallies and vote counts that were accumulated on Election Day. But when the vote totals in an election like the Coleman-Franken race are almost evenly split, one would expect that any subsequent adjustments being made would tend to follow the same pattern unless there is something funny (or potentially illegal going on).

    As statistician and researcher John Lott points out at FoxNews.com, corrections were posted for other races, too, but they “were only a fraction of those for the Senate” race. And all of the “corrections” for the Coleman-Franken race have resulted in more votes for Franken. Almost half of all of Franken’s new votes came from one Democrat precinct in Two Harbors, Minn., and the rest from two other precincts. Funny thing, though. No other races in that Democrat precinct had any “corrections” that had to be made in their vote totals.

    In fact, as Lott concludes, all of the new votes for Franken from those three precincts are greater “than adding together all the changes for all the precincts in the entire state for the presidential, congressional, and state house races combined.” If all of these “corrections” were really just the result of local election official correcting mistaken tallies, one would expect the corrections to closely mirror the actual vote split on Election Day. If local officials in Two Harbors were so careless that they had to correct almost 250 votes in the Coleman-Franken race, why is that they did not make the same types of errors in any other races? I suppose that is possible, but it is a bit hard to believe.

    Should we be worried about what is going on here? Should we be worried that Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is an ACORN-endorsed official who was elected in 2006 with considerable help from the Secretary of State Project, a liberal 527 organization whose goal is to control secretary of state offices throughout the nation? Should we be worried that the SoS Project called Ritchie the most “progressive” secretary of state in the nation? Or that in 2003 he led National Voice, a voting coalition sponsored by radical organizations like MoveOn.org, Greenpeace and the National Council of Churches?

    No matter how much the final vote tally shrinks before it is certified, there will be a recount. A key factor in that recount may be Minnesota Statute 204C.22, which says that a “ballot shall not be rejected for a technical error that does not make it impossible to determine the voter’s intent.” In other words, it seems that Ritchie and other local election officials may have the final say in determining voter “intent” on questionable ballots. I guess it will just be a funny coincidence if those determinations all seem to follow the same incredible pattern as the “corrections” to the vote count have so far in Minnesota, i.e., the “intent” always favoring Franken in the recount. Let’s hope they don’t, because all of us — Democrats, Republicans and independents — have an interest in a fair election process that does not allow partisan bias to change the outcome of an election as voted by the American electorate.

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    26 Responses to Nothing Funny About What's Happening in Minnesota

    1. David, Maryland says:

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      You don't really believe that, do you? Maybe Republicans and some independents favor fair election processes…this "Democratic" party does not. The situations in Georgia, as well as Minnesota, show that their kind are willing to cheat in order to give the Senate its filibuster-proof majority.

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    5. Richard New says:

      I blame the Republicans for this fraud…. They knew Acorn had registered thousands, they have seen them try to steal elections before and yet they did nothing to prepare….. Give the Dems credit, whey they tried to steal the 04 election, they had Lawyers and Judges lined up and ready and were prepared to invalidate the military votes… We have learned nothing. If they clown Franken wins we deserve it.

    6. Warren Plymouth, MN says:

      Please have faith in the process. I believe Mr. Ritchie will implement the recount in accordance with the laws of the State and we will have a Senator selected by the people. Why do the Republicans feel that the election is in the process of being "stolen". They remember what they did in Florida and, hence, they are suspicious of this process as well. Fear not folks, let the process run it's course and support the eventual winner.

      Warren

    7. Joe Moon says:

      How can anyone have faith in the process, when one party is so fanatical they bring back the dead to vote for them? It seems to me that the slavery party should have been disenfranchised many years ago. The very last thing Democrats stand for is freedom. If we keep letting them run wild with their tactics we will all soon be where our Black Brethren were before the Civil War.

      There motto then to the blacks at that time was we GIVE you shelter, we GIVE you food, we GIVE you healthcare, we GIVE you clothing, and we GIVE you a job. Everything you need from the cradle to the grave. In order to do this we need to make a PROFIT on YOUR labor. Because we are so GOOD at what we do, we live in the BIG house, drive the LIMO, you live in the shack we provide, do as you are told, and we will all be happy. You are too dumb to be free; you wouldn't know how to handle it.

      That system my friend has many names, socialism, communism, Nazism, Marxism, but just as rose by any other name is still a rose. Slavery Is Still Slavery.

    8. Doris Morgan, Oklaho says:

      Stealing an election? Surely you jest; that

      could never happen here unless the Supreme Court was involved. At least, the people in Minnesota

      are being allowed to recount the votes.

    9. Joss, Two Harbors says:

      I am from Two Harbors and, sadly enough, I have no doubt that there is corruption occurring in our system. As one of the few conservatives left in the area I have had to endure radical leftism throughout the community, where the center of the political spectrum is probably further left than our next president.

    10. Ross, South Carolin says:

      The situation at Two Harbors is falling right in line to what is happening across our nation. You have a party so determined to take control, that the law or constitution means nothing to them. The apathy of most voters in the nation have led us to this and we are rapidly moving to a point of socialism to the highest level. We have to start educating the voters on how and why big government is bad for our nation.

    11. David Blauvelt, Taco says:

      2006 Washington State Governor's race. Three vote tallys Rossi +261 & +42 then Gregoire +129

      The tactics used in 2006 were successful and are now being used in this election. Missing ballots, ballots from military declared ineligible, ballots where King County election officials marked formerly disqualified ballots according to possible voter intent. The evidence of deliberate electoral sabotage has reared it's ugly head once again. It worked last time without punishment and it'll work again if it's not stopped.

    12. David Blauvelt, Taco says:

      What was I thinking? The election was in 2004. It does seem just like it was yesterday.

    13. JOHN, KNOXVILLE, TN. says:

      WHY ARE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE NOT JUMPING UP AND DOWN OVER OUR ELECTIONS. AN AMERICAN PRESIDENT CAN GET VOTED IN BY BILLIONS OF FOREIGN DOLLARS. THIS HAS TO BE STOPPED! NOW!

      AMERICAN DOLLARS WERE GIVEN BY NAMES SUCH AS SANTA CLAUSE. YET THERE WILL BE NO INVESTIGATION. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?

      IS THE MEDIA AND GOVERNMENT SO WRAPPED UP IN A BLACK PRESIDENT, ANYTHING GOES. HUSSIN DID NOT WIN ANYTHING. HE IS BLACK AND THEREFORE WAS GIVEN A FREE RIDE. GOD HELP THIS NATION.

      ALL THE MONEY THAT WAS SPENT ON THIS ELECTION AND EVERY OTHER IS A SIN. THERE SHOULD BE ONE SET AMOUNT FOR EACH CANDIDATE, AND A VERY SMALL AMOUNT. THE NEW MEDIA SHOULD STAY OUT OF THE RACE. CNN, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, TIME, NEW YORK TIMES.

      THEY ARE THE VERY ONES THAT ALLOWED THIS PERSON IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

    14. Barb -mn says:

      If your qualifications are: dishonesty, incompetence, greed, unfairness, bias, racist, inefficiency, selfishness, wasteful etc, you must be a democrat.

    15. Matt, WI says:

      John, you are one sick puppy. Barrack Obama is as good an American as you think you are. He just doesn't have to hate to show it.

    16. Matt, WI says:

      Barb, what an open minded and insightful comment. Way to completely dehumanize almost half of the US population.

    17. Bob- Minnesota says:

      As a Republican in Minnesota I'm embarrassed by this poorly informed article. Here in Minnesota are elections are run efficiently and fairly. Out of state Republican hit men are making Norm Coleman out to be a whining loser. And he is still ahead.

      There are no facts to support any fraud. This article is just plain poor journalism. The original unofficial vote totals are phoned in only 45 minutes after the tally. The local officials are tired and mistakes happen. Statewide the unofficial tally is often off by thousands of votes. To take statistics from one backwater district in northern Minnesota as evidence is just plain laughable. You slam Mark Ritchie for being endorsed by ACORN? This is McCarthyism. Shame on you.

      The article's premise on "final intent" is just plain wrong. The "intent" on the first official count is determined by machine. Only during a recount are the ballots reviewed by human eyes for intent. Disputed ballots from the recount are set aside for the canvassing board. Since the machines are very reliable and the paper ballots are easy to understand less than 1 in a thousand ballots is ever disputable. Local officials do not have a say in disputed ballots. The statewide canvassing board has final say on any disputed ballots. This 5 member board is made up of Ritchie and 4 well respected judges; including 2 MN State Supreme court justices appointed by our Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty.

      We've been through many recounts in Minnesota before. Minnesotans know their votes are counted fairly. In fact Minnesotans turn out in record numbers for every election. This is hardly the behavior of an electorate that feels cheated.

      Pay attention to the Minnesota process and learn. We do it right. But please excuse us for some of the idiots we elect.

    18. Janet, Boston MA says:

      Matt,WT writes: "…Barrach Obama is as good an American as you think you are…"

      Dear Matt,

      I don't "think" I'm an American, I "know" I'm an American. I can't say the same for Barach Hussein Obama. In fact, I don't think Obama is American at all.

      By virtue of the fact that he has employed a battalion of attorneys to petition the courts to rescind any order requiring him to produce a valid VAULT copy of his birth certificate proving he is a "natural born citizen thus, according to our Constitution, legally eligible to assume the presidency, by virtue of the fact that he clearly favors a Marxist/Socialist form or government which is the antithesis of our American beliefs (rugged individuality, INDIVIDUAL freedoms, capitalist economy)—remember, Socialism is Communism lite, by virtue of the fact that he supported and campaigned for Kenyan radical Islamic butcher, Odinga under the slogan "agent of change," Obama is NOT as good an American as I am. And until he proves to the American people and obeys the requirements (law) set forth by our Founding Fathers in the Constitution, that he is a natural born citizen of the United States of America, he will be nothing but a liar, a usurper, a fraud and an enemy of MY country.

    19. Kent Bailey, Rochest says:

      This argument that corrections should be evenly distributed is baseless and very annoying. There is absolutely no reason for corrections to be evenly distributed between candidates. That would only be true if they were a random subset of the election sites. Furthermore, you have to look not at the total number of votes gained or lost, but the total number of errors/corrections, which is a handful, not hundreds. It is the precinct or locality making the correction that is the "independent" sampling unit, not the individual vote within that correction. Stop using spurious pseudo-mathematical-statistical thinking.

    20. MARK , HOUSTON says:

      Hey , Matt,WT , how does the "kool-aid" taste ?

    21. Chaz, Reading PA says:

      This is B.S. Mr. von Spakovsky presents no evidence of fraud or illegality. This article is a transparent attempt at intimidation, which hope is against the law. We Republicans should criticize Democrats on the issues and not accuse them of malfeasance without evidence.

    22. Den2006 says:

      Although a Phychopath I guess Frankin is no less certifiable than 30 or 40 of the Democrats already in Congress with several in leadership with Pelosi and Reid leading the pack. I seriously fear for the future of this nation when people like this even are considered for office. The inmates are running the aslyum and off thir meds.

    23. Barb -mn says:

      I'm sorry Matt, I meant democrat public officials. If you want, you can come to Minnesota and live it for yourself. They can always use another taxpayer to provide for another needless, bias program. But don't stay too long, you'll get trapped in their poverty web leaving you with no way out while those that don't work to provide for their own are living carefree! Minnesota, one of many states whose democrat leadership is under the definition provided previously.

    24. Gus says:

      Since local election officials in Minnesota are drawn from both parties, no you shouldn't be worried. What you should do, though, is keep you filthy nose the hell out of our state's politics.

    25. Max, CA says:

      Unfortunately, one can understand the distrust of Minnesota Democrats after the egregious manipulation of the voting process by Florida Republican officials in 2000. We brought this on ourselves.

      I have been a registered Republican for twenty years and voted for McCain in the primary; however, I could not, in good conscience, bring myself to vote for Ms. Palin in the general election. If she were the best person we could proffer for the ticket, we deserved to lose.

      As a party, we have gone from presenting one of the most qualified men to ever sit in the White House with George H. W. Bush, to his nearly incompetent son, to a woman who has no business at all in national politics.

      We need to wake up before 2012 and rescue our party from extremists!

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