Franken says state rejected 9,000 absentee ballots


Al Franken's campaign says they have calculated a total of 9,000 absentee ballots that were rejected in the state.

Although they say most were most likely rejected for legitimate reasons, the state needs to determine which ones should count. As the recount turns... More from Franken's campaign:

Just nine counties - Carlton, Dakota, Freeborn, Kanabec, Mower, Saint Louis, Sherburne, Stearns, and Wright - have not provided this data. It is the Franken campaign's understanding that much of this data will be available later today - and it is the Franken campaign's commitment that it will take every step available to obtain data from counties that refuse to provide it.
Here is what Communications Director Andy Barr had to say about it:
"Although we believe that the majority of these 9,000 rejected absentee ballots were properly rejected, it is clear that among them are the improperly discounted ballots of Minnesotans who did everything right. There are legal votes here that have not been counted. In addition, we are renewing our request for this public data from the counties that have so far failed to provide it. We will take every step available to us to find out if absentee ballots were improperly rejected and ensure that those votes are counted."
Right now, those votes will not be counted. The state Canvassing Board didn't take up Franken's request last week to consider rejected ballots in their final count.