Franken Loses on Absentee Ballots — For Now

Minnesota’s state Canvassing Board refused the Franken campaign’s request to count rejected absentee ballots in the Senate race, but — and this is key — they did not rule on the merits of his claim. They only said that it was a matter to be decided by the courts. So in other words, no matter what the final recount numbers show next week, we’ll still have a protracted legal fight over these absentee ballots, and that’s not even taking into account the thousands of challenged ballots by both campaigns that still need to be ruled on by the Canvassing Board.