More on the Minnesota Recount

Again, I’d like to stress the fact that the Coleman-Franken race that is being re-examined is being done so by mandatory recount. Because the margin is so small, under the point at which a recount is required by state law (>0.5%), at just 238 votes, the Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie, is organizing a recount. Coleman seems to be blaming the recount on Franken:

Coleman urged Franken to waive his right to a recount, saying that the prospect of changing the result was remote and that a recount would be costly to taxpayers (about $86,000).

“I just think the need for the healing process is so important. … hopefully, you don’t have TV ads during an election recount,” Coleman said.

From the Star Tribune

Today, however, Ritchie has commented on Coleman’s use of language during this process:

Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie, said it was “unfortunate” that the Coleman campaign was questioning the integrity of the election. He said adjustments are a normal part of the canvassing process before results are official as officials reconcile the ballots and numbers in the voting machines.

“The decision to use words designed to create a cloud over the election is a political strategy,” said Ritchie, a Democrat, at a Capitol news conference. “It’s a well-known political strategy. It’s unfortunate, but it’s their choice of language, not ours.”

From the Examiner

The recount will begin on November 19th and will face a December 5th deadline for submitting results. As for my opinion on the whole process: I’d love to see Franken take the win in the long run, but I don’t really believe that anything will change. They may bring the margin closer, but we’ll see the results by December.