The recount of the U.S. Senate election in Minnesota may not start until later this month, but some rejiggering must already be underway. That much was made clear this afternoon when one vote was taken from Norm Coleman and given to DFLer Al Franken, on the Secretary of State’s Web site. Early in the afternoon, Dean Barkley picked up 33 votes.
|Interesting here how 1,500 votes were removed.|
|And then put back. I think they’re toying with us.|
|8:50 AM Fri||437,377||1211,306||1,211,542||2,860,225||236|
I checked with a few auditors in small counties in Minnesota to see if they could haul the ballots out again and take another look. None seemed tempted to do so. “I believe that state law requires that we wait for the SOS to give direction. If it doesn’t, I would wait for the SOS direction anyway,” Wayne Bezenek of Wilkin County told me this afternoon.
Since 9:30 this morning, Franken has shaved 100 votes off Coleman’s lead. This process is obviously going to be like watching your retirement fund during a bad market. It’s better to just forget about it and come back later. But if you insist, here’s my little rinky-dink spreadsheet if you’d like to divide the labor.
If you want to make some popcorn and spend the evening sitting in front of your computer for hours of vote-counting fun, you can follow the conversation via Twitter.