More ballot counting in Minnesota
Election officials begin counting 953 improperly rejected absentee ballots in the Minnesota Senate race.
The count is expected to be complete by Saturday night and the Canvassing Board will likely certify the ballots by 2:30pm on Monday. The final count may not be available until Tuesday.
Secretary of State Mark Richie told the NYT Caucus blog he doesn't expect the loser to challenge the result in court. That's an interesting claim. The conventional wisdom is that if Franken retains his lead, Coleman will litigate--hence the handwringing about whether to seat Franken provisionally.
I wonder why Richie foresees a definitive end by Tuesday. Maybe he knows something about the state of the count that we don't. My guess is that he expects the absentee ballots from heavily Democratic Hennepin County to go overwhelmingly for Franken, thereby expanding his margin of victory beyond the point where a Coleman suit could hope to close the gap.