Should This Vote Count?

 

Al Franken doesn’t think so:

The bubble beside Norm Coleman’s name appeared to have both an X and a squiggle in it, but the Al Franken campaign wants the state Canvassing Board to rule on whether it should count. That’s the only challenge in the special envelope in Plymouth [Minnesota] so far, according to Sandy Engdahl, the city clerk and the official running the city recount.

Call me crazy, but it seems pretty clear who this voter intended to vote for, no?

UPDATE: Ballots like this will likely become a critical issue, since Senator Coleman’s lead over Franken is now down to 174 votes:

By day’s end, with about 18 percent of the vote recounted, Coleman continued to lead Franken — but by only 174 votes, notably narrower than the unofficial gap of 215 votes at which the recount had begun. Franken’s gain owed much to a swing of 23 votes in the Democratic stronghold of St. Louis County — the result of faintly marked ballots and older optical scanners that failed to read the marks.

The Senate may become filibuster-proof yet.     .      .

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