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Edit:  Original title had counties instead of precincts.  I meant precincts!

The Wall Street Journal has an opinion up about the Franken/Coleman recount battle.

Frankly, I've accepted the reality that Al Franken is our next United States Senator, unless someone pulls up to the Secretary of State office within the next week with 950,000 Dean Barkley ballots...

I've seen a few Facebook statuses this morning that allude to 25 Minnesota Counties that have more votes than registered voters.  No doubt this came from the WSJ opinion piece and has been openly embraced by Hannity, Druggy Limbaugh, and other right wing blowhards.
This helps explain why more than 25 precincts now have more ballots than voters who signed into to vote.  By some estimates this double counting has yielded Mr. Franken an additional 80 to 100 votes.
Ok, 25 precincts have more votes than voters? Wouldn't the canvassing board have caught this?

Can anyone list the 25 precincts where this occurred or are we just going to throw that out there without any data to support that charge?


3 responses to "25 Precincts With More Votes Than Voters?"

  1. Anonymous On January 6, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    if there is any truth to this claim at all (and these people are capable of making things up) there are cases in fast-growing precincts where the number registered at 7 a.m. on election day is the number reported, so if a lot of people register that day and vote, it is possible for the number of voters to exceed the number registered. The number registered is corrected later.

  2. Aubrey Immelman On January 7, 2009 at 6:14 PM

    It seems "precincts" in the original Wall Street Journal editorial got transmogrified in the Bush telegraph to "counties" and "voters who signed in to vote" to "registered voters."

    I agree that it should have been elementary for the state Canvassing Board to catch such an irregularity.

    The Wall Street Journal makes some pretty bold claims in its "Funny Business in Minnesota" opinion.

    It had better have strong evidence to back it up. It's up to Coleman, who will have his day in court, to substantiate those claims.

  3. eric zaetsch On January 8, 2009 at 7:10 AM

    If there are such numbers, presumably the Coleman lawyers will put them into court papers.

    Otherwise, Norm, hire a new batch.

    Then the question would be excess by how much, etc., in each place, and is there a discernible pattern, such as heavily so in precincts in Anoka County, which favored Coleman, or in the cities, which favored Franken.

    I want to see what the appointed judicial panel does, hearing the Coleman challenge that some ballots were counted twice - can his lawyers say which ones?

    Saying, "A bunch of Franken ones," would not be a convincing showing.

    It's all as uncertain now as how much the Colemans got from Kazeminy. If anything. Perhaps more uncertain.