Rick Hasen (Election Law Blog) on the ruling just handed down in Franken's favor.
Those who believe in the value of law would say "Bully for Coleman," for exercising all of his legal rights.
No. In addition to delaying the seating of Franken (which is not a certainty under law), resort to appeal also exemplifies the power of the rule of law.
That political calculation cuts both ways. Those who believe in the value of law would say "Bully for Coleman," for exercising all of his legal rights.
While it couldn't affect the current race, a law that mandates a re-vote (not a recount) in case of a close election would obviate the need for these issues in the future.
Doesn't this whole thing - with Coleman winning the first count, and Franken winning on a recount, and with messed-up numbers on both (IIRC) - beg for a legislative solution? While it couldn't affect the current race, a law that mandates a re-vote (not a recount) in case of a close election would obviate the need for these issues in the future.
The bromophile is right. When the vote is this close, and irregular counting may affect the outcome, a run-off is called for.
Speaking as a conservative Republican who believes that Bush won Florida ...
4. NEVERTHELESS, in most instances it is best to let the result stand.
Why? Because the PERCEPTION of the legitimacy of the process counts for a lot. If elections are being stolen left and right (no pun intended), people will gradually lost confidence in the ability of the system.
Eh. Just flip a coin. It would (a) save a lot of time, (b) save a ton of money, and (c) be just as "accurate" in reflecting the choice of the voters.
Have the ballots be designed to be machine-countable (but not with chads, please). Run the ballots through the machine.
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