Thoughts on the Senate Race

As I am sure you know by now, Al Franken was declared the winner.

And it doesn’t matter.

This is going to the Supreme Court.

I think that this says something about the voting system being used. For a result to swing over 500 votes, for their to be such differences in protocol between precincts and counties, and for a court battle to take this long is irresponsible. Regardless of your political leanings, it is hard to think that what is going on is an exercise in democracy. With the current makeup in the Senate, our vote is not being missed. However, had this been any of the past years, either party missing the vote of our senator would be really hurting.

We need this to end. We need full representation under the law.

2 Comments so far

  1. yoshi on April 15th, 2009 @ 12:50 pm

    This IS democracy. Which is messy and slow. Just because you are impatient doesn’t mean that the process is not working.

    And it doesn’t matter.

    It certainly does matter. Under Minnesota state law (which you seem to somewhat care about since you want ‘full representation under the law’ whatever that means to you) Coleman had the right to challenge. He did and failed. He also has the right to appeal. Which most likely he is going to do. And he will fail there too. Then its done. He can certainly appeal to the federal level but the Governor and Secretary of State can sign off on Franken since all state challenges are done. Our laws have been followed and quite frankly I’ve been impressed with our system. Its not without its flaws but its been an open, transparent process. And based on the experience we can make our election laws better for the future.

    So excuse me if I don’t care about your false outrage. So get over it, chill out, and have a donut.


  2. Mitchell Hislop (mitchellhislop) on April 15th, 2009 @ 1:02 pm

    @yoshi,

    Full representation, to me, is having TWO Senators to represent me in the Senate, as outlined in the Constitution (Section 3, Article 1). I am not against him challenging. I was unclear in my post.

    I am against the voting system.

    I am again having different standards for each county.

    I am against having different counties use different voting systems.

    I am against ballots that were found in someone’s personal vehicle, after they were due, being counted as legitimate.

    I am against some counties getting their late ballots counted, while others were excluded.

    I pose a question: How has this been open and transparent?

    I want one, unified system throughout the state. I want there to be a date and time that ballots have to be in. If a ballot is discovered past that, it is null and void.

    I realize that this might cause some peoples to not be counted. I hope that they band together, and get their county’s election officials to get their acts in order.

    Excuse me if I don’t share your utopian view of how this court battle is going.



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