A post by Pat
A Minnesota appeals court ruled against five TV stations seeking to view the sealed and unused absentee ballots from the 2008 Franken-Coleman election. Sealed ballots are private data until opened by an election judge. The media group argued now that the election is over, the public is entitled to see those ballots.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled today that news media should not be allowed to look at absentee ballots that were sealed and never opened during the marathon vote recount during the 2008 U.S. Senate election won by Al Franken
The suit was filed by five television stations –KSTP-TV, KSTC-TV, WDIO-TV, KAAL-TV and KSAX-TV, in which they argued that once the election was over, the public was entitled to view the ballots. The ballots were in the possession of Ramsey County, and the stations said that the county could open the envelopes and separate out the ballots, which would then be copied and reviewed by the stations. That process would protect the identity of the voters, but allow the rejected ballots to be reviewed, the stations argued.
Because of the tight election between Franken, the Democrat, and the Republican incumbent Norm Coleman, the fate of the absentee ballots that were counted and not counted loomed large in the eventual decision by the state canvassing board and a three judge panel appointed by the Minnesota Supreme Court which ultimately awarded the election victory to Franken in 2009.
Indeed, the election is over and the initial apparent loser is sitting in the Senate. Let’s see those ballots.