Like Democracy? (Part 2)

If you think votes actually count the first time, you’re wrong.  Votes only count if Democrats say they should count.  Although Minnesota Democrats must be better organized than Washington ones, because it took Washington three recounts to elect Christine Gregoire, while it only took Minnesota one.  (Re-re-re-elect Rossi!)

Makes you wonder about the integrity of every election across the country.  Why are they so sure they got things right this time?  The first count yielded just over a 200-vote margin in favor of Coleman, which triggered an automatic recount.  Why doesn’t this 200+ margin trigger another recount?  And where were 400+ votes hiding in the original count?  Absentee ballots that were ruled out?  Why did nearly all of them favor Franken?  It defies rational thought.

Minnesota elected a professional wrestler, and now they’ve “elected” a professional joker.  Make ya feel good, Minnesotans?  Take it to the Supreme Court, Norm!

If you have an inordinate amount of extra time, you can browse the challenged ballots here.  (I’m just glad my ballot isn’t there.)

UPDATE: You knew it was coming:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s spokesman said Reid hoped Coleman would accept defeat.

“Now that the bipartisan state canvassing board has certified Al Franken as the winner, we hope Senator Coleman respects its decision and does not drag this out for months with litigation,” Reid spokesman Jim Manley said. “Shortly after Election Day, Coleman criticized Mr. Franken for wanting a recount and wasting taxpayer money. Now that it is clear he lost, Coleman should follow his own advice and not subject the people of Minnesota to a costly legal battle.”

If it is the Democrat who does not concede and allow the initial results to stand, it’s the Republican who is “criticizing.”  If it is the Republican who thinks that not everything was done correctly, he “should follow his own advice.”  You simply cannot win with these people.


3 thoughts on “Like Democracy? (Part 2)

  1. The recount is automatic based on a percentage of error. The original election counts were done by machine; the recount is more accurate because it is done by hand. Both Democrats and Republicans challenged ballots and both sides sit in on the ballot review which is conducted by impartial election officials. Many of the absentee ballots that were originally ruled out were done so wrongly / illegally (for insance they were mailed on time as is the law but weren’t received on time and someone made the wrong decision to not count them). The ballots in question didn’t “all favor Franken”; some precincts came out heavily in favor of Coleman. The total results show more mistakes in urban centers probably because more votes were cast there in the short amount of voting time. Most automatic recounts across the country find in favor of the original “winner” but occassionally the recount finds that mistakes were made. I like knowing that checks and balances are in place. I’m fairly new to Minnesota and have found the people here to be personally conservative but socially liberal and above all practical.

  2. Odd, I thought voting was supposed to be private. Did they have to ask permission to put those up?

    But onto another electionish question—Does the division in the US population exist seriously? By that I mean, how deep are the divisions in the US? We have seen pretty severe 50/50 votes for the past eight years in many major races. Can this continue in perpetuity, or will something eventually happen? Are the votes close because the public doesn’t see that much of a difference between the candidates (other than maybe abortion and a couple other issues), or is it a serious division that will lead to anything other than the unhappiness of those who happen to lose this round?

    I have no doubt that there are serious disagreements at the poles. But even there, except for some crazies, we’re content to live and let live. Is the time coming when we’ll eventually accept that the division is something that can’t be ignored and will actually say “Enough.” Not that I envision a civil war, or anything that radical, but could it come to an actual fracture of the Union in some other way?

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