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Politico.com features Dartmouth College professors’ study of the senate race and Al Franken, 11/24/08

Politico.com features Dartmouth College professors’ study of the senate race and Al Franken, 11/24/08

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DANIEL LIBIT
| 11/24/08 4:40 AM EST
Election judges Lucy Karml and Diana Kittelsoncount ballots by hand over the watchful eyes of Geri Katz, a representative of Al Franken as wellas other election officials Friday Nov. 21, 2008 ata recount site Minneapolis which will decide theelection results between incumbent RepublicanSen. Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken.
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Text Size:One of the closest elections in U.S. Senate history is hurtlingtowards a critical juncture in its ongoing recount this week, asthe campaign of Democratic challenger Al Franken opens a newlegal front in its battle to break a virtual tie with Republican Sen.Norm Coleman.On Wednesday, the Minnesota State Canvassing Board willhear arguments from Franken’s camp for why previously rejectedabsentee ballots should now be counted.Coleman ended the initial count with an advantage of just 215votes out of nearly 3 million cast, and he has held a slim leadthus far in the recount.“We’re 70 percent through [the recount] now,” ColemanCommunications Director Mark Drake told Politico Sunday, “anda lot of the ballots that are looked at are in areas whereFranken’s done well. We’re surprised he didn’t do better in termsof picking up more votes.”Robert Hentges, a veteran Minnesota election law attorney notinvolved in this year’s recount, cautions that results rarelychange in recounts of optical scan ballots, as are used in almostevery county in the state. “Very few votes change,” he said, and“more often or not, for the winner on election night, the gapgrows.”While the conventional wisdom is that these recounted ballotsshould break the same way as the broader election results,Republicans fret that sloppy Democratic voters might mean Franken votes emerging as the recount continues.“Democrats are [thought to be] more creative, free-spirited, so the idea is they’re more likely to make a mistake that theoptical scan won’t pick up,” explains Hentges. “But when they recount the hard copy, those votes will be counted for Franken. If you talk to Republicans, they say it will be Franken’s advantage, because Democrats are stupid and willscrew up ballots more often.”Still, observers both in and out of the campaigns expect the drama won't come to a head just yet, and perhaps not untilChristmas.“This thing could just drag on,” says Brian Rice, a Minnesota attorney who has represented Democrats in state recountcontests.Gumming up the process is the mounting of nearly 2,000 ballot challenges from both sides as of Sunday.“Unless somebody wanted to go in independently and start sorting them out, it’s going to be pretty murky,” says Rice.“There are still half a dozen counties who will be recounting until after Thanksgiving. Everything can happen. We couldnot have a senator for a while.”A Nov. 15 study of the Senate race by three Dartmouth College professors, predicted that the recount would favor Franken. But as of Saturday night, Coleman still led by 180 votes.“Overall, we feel good about where we are, good about way recount is being conducted,” Drake said, adding that mostof the counties that have yet been reviewed favored Coleman in the election.
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 Franken supporters can take refuge in an analysis of 
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Nate Silver, who determined that the Democrat would end up 27 votes ahead when the recountconcludes on Dec. 16.
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Party: RepublicanReply #1Date: Nov. 24, 2008 - 5:18 AM EST“Democrats are [thought to be] more creative, free-spirited, so the idea is they’re more likely to makea mistake that the optical scan won’t pick up,” explains Hentges. - The PoliticoWell that's certainly one take ... the other being that the average Democrat is far dumber. LOL
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Party: NAReply #2Date: Nov. 24, 2008 - 5:42 AM ESTMr. Libit, this is an inappropriatley written article, and I believe you understand why. This is beneatheven Politico standards.
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Franken hopes turn on absentee issue - Daniel Libit - Politico.comhttp://www.politico.com/news/stories/1108/15904.html2 of 712/19/2008 10:39 AM
 
A system needs to be put in place that even a Democrat voter is able to use, but a Democrat votecounter cannot abuse. Two machines. One would be a touch screen that fills out the ballot. It tells youif you failed to vote in any race (none of the above would be an option) and then prints up the ballotthat could be checked for accuracy. If not correct, the ballot is disposed IN THAT MACHINE for double checking the totals later. A new ballot would then be offered and the process starts again.Once the ballot is printed it would be fed into a scanner that counts the votes and gives the voter areceipt. No "voter intent" because the previous machine printed the ballot ad the voter agreed to itsaccuracy. This would solve alot of the problems. Also getting rid of same day registration, havingvoters show a photo id, and making "early voting" a shorter (but reasonable) time period wouldeliminate much of the potential fraud. There is no reason our election process should result in stolenelections.
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Party: DemocratReply #4Date: Nov. 24, 2008 - 7:19 AM ESTEven if Franken were to pull this out by 27 votes, which is a conclusion not solid in my mind, there isenough money on both sides to seek judicial relief. Again, this recount could go on and on and on. I stillmaintain that Minnesota has the best model for voting in the country but no system is going to beflawless. A 200 vote margin in 2.9 million vote election is so small that, in the end, one side is notgoing to be satisfied. A run off election model does not totally solve this problem. What if the secondand third candidates were within a couple hundred votes?Dick Day
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Party: LiberalReply #5Date: Nov. 24, 2008 - 7:20 AM ESTHow wonderful to see FAIR democracy in action.A beautiful pink sunrise.All is right and ready for Obama world..
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Party: DemocratReply #6Date: Nov. 24, 2008 - 7:42 AM ESTGetting a filibuster proof Senate notwithstanding, I'm no big fan of Franken. I sincerely wish it wassomeone else. Really don't want the party being associated with this knucklehead.
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Party: RepublicanReply #7Date: Nov. 24, 2008 - 7:43 AM ESTDemocrats never mark ballots that badly. THIS IS FRAUD>
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Party: IndependentReply #8Date: Nov. 24, 2008 - 7:43 AM ESTNEWS FLASH: MANY DEMOS CAN'T READ OR WRITE OR FOLLOW DIRECTIONS. You call thisNEWS?Israelis 6 | enemies 0......is Huff Po a hangout for neo-nazis?
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