Recount trial: At this pace, contest will take at least 35 court days
Norm Coleman's attorney went through one ballot at a time with a Washington County election manager so he could explain why each was originally rejected. If Coleman's team takes each ballot this slowly, we'll be here for another 35 court days just reviewing absentee ballots. Not to mention any other issues likely to come up before the end of all this.
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With Washington County's election manager Kevin Corbid on the stand, Coleman attorney Joe Friedberg walked through about 150 of that county's rejected absentee ballots.
It took about two minutes to include each ballot. Continuing the process for all 4,800 ballots would take more than 35 court days.
Friedberg said he may not go through the same process for every one of the those ballots but would so do for many. In addition to walking county officials through copies of rejected absentee ballots, the Coleman campaign has also brought some voters to the stand to tell their stories and said that some additional information, including a check of precincts voter rosters, may be needed to be put into evidence.
Talking Points Memo also noted another funny voter story that came up during the trial.
Coleman attorney Joe Friedberg is going over rejected absentee ballot envelopes with Washington County elections official Kevin Corbid, and they came across a pair of ballots that came from a husband and wife, but all appeared to have all been signed by the same individual -- apparently the husband signing his own name, and also forging his wife's signature for her ballot.
"So based on Jake's forging his wife's signature on [exhibit] 210 and then witnessing his own forgery," Friedberg said, "and comparing those signatures to the one on his voter envelope, we know based on your testimony that that's his genuine signature accompanying his own ballot, right?"
In other words, Coleman's campaign wants to use the evidence on a forged ballot to help legitimize another ballot. That's good policy.
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