Go to HHH home page.
Smart Politics
 


MN Senate Recount: Challenged Ballot Rate Identical in Coleman and Franken Counties

Bookmark and Share

The U.S. Senate ballot recount has been completed in 36 of Minnesota’s 87 counties, according to the Secretary of State’s website as of 8:00 pm Thursday evening.

A Smart Politics study of those counties in which 100% of the ballots have been recounted finds an astonishingly similar rate of challenged ballots in counties that were carried by Norm Coleman and those that were won by Al Franken.

Coleman carried 27 of the 36 counties that have completed the recount process: Carver, Cass, Chisago, Clay, Clearwater, Cottonwood, Faribault, Fillmore, Grant, Houston, Hubbard, Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lyon, Morrison, Murray, Nobles, Otter Trail, Pennington, Pipestone, Pope, Red Lake, Redwood, Roseau, Sibley, Traverse, and Yellow Medicine.

Of the 332,568 ballots that were examined in these 27 Coleman counties, a total of 183 were challenged by the two candidates – or 5.55 out of every 10,000 ballots cast.

Franken carried the remaining 9 counties that have finished recounting ballots: Big Stone, Chippewa, Cook, Freeborn, Itsaca, Lake, Norman, Pine, and Rice.

Out of the 111,497 recounted in these Franken counties, 61 were challenged – or 5.47 out of every 10,000 ballots cast.

It is true there has been a wide range in the rate of ballot challenges between individual counties. For example, Pipestone County, which Coleman carried, had a challenge rate of 33 per 10,000 ballots (about six times the state average thus far). Cook County, which Franken won, had a challenge rate of 30 per 10,000 ballots. Fillmore County, carried by Coleman, had a challenge rate of 27 per 10,000 ballots.

Meanwhile, 5 counties (Clearwater, Lincoln, Red Lake, Redwood, and Norman) had no challenged ballots by either candidate.

In short, from the three-dozen counties that have completed recounts, there does not seem to be an aggregate pattern of more questionable ballots in either Democratic or Republican counties, though this could change as recounting is completed in the more populous counties of the state.

It is important to note that simply because one candidate carries a county does not mean most of the challenges will come from the losing party. In fact, a majority of challenges have come from the winning candidate in 31 percent of counties that have completed recounts (11 of 36). Forty-four percent (16 of 36) of counties were led in challenges by the losing party and 25 percent of counties (9 of 36) had an equal number of challenges by Coleman and Franken:

Ballot Challenge Leader By County Winner

County Winner
More Coleman Challenges
More Franken Challenges
Equal Number of Challenges
Coleman
8
13
6
Franken
3
3
3

Previous post: Coleman Victory Would Renew Minnesota Tradition of Split-Ticket Voting
Next post: CSPG Report: Potential for Change in the Senate Recount

1 Comment


  • http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122722771153246225.html

    Al Franken's Minnesota
    More postelection funny business.

  • Leave a comment


    Remains of the Data

    Plurality-Winning Governors Elected At Century-Long High Water Mark

    The rate of gubernatorial candidates elected without the support of a majority of voters is at its highest level since the 1910s.

    Political Crumbs

    Seeing Red

    Congressman Nick Rahall's failed bid for a 20th term in West Virginia this cycle, combined with a narrow loss by Nick Casey to Alex Mooney in Shelley Moore Capito's open seat, means that West Virginia Democrats will be shut out of the state's U.S. House delegation for the first time in over 90 years. The Republican sweep by two-term incumbent David McKinley in the 1st CD, Mooney in the 2nd, and Evan Jenkins over Rahall in the 3rd marks the first time the GOP has held all seats in the chamber from West Virginia since the Election of 1920. During the 67th Congress (1921-1923) all six seats from the state were controlled by the GOP. Since the Election of 1922, Democrats have won 76 percent of all U.S. House elections in the Mountain State - capturing 172 seats compared to 54 for the GOP.


    Home Field Advantage?

    When the 114th Congress convenes in a few days, Maine will be represented by one home-grown U.S. Representative: Waterville-born Republican Bruce Poliquin. With the departure of Millinocket-born Mike Michaud, who launched a failed gubernatorial bid, the Pine Tree State was poised to send a House delegation to D.C. without any Maine-born members for the first time since 1821. Three-term U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (born in Minnesota) coasted to reelection as expected, however Poliquin edged Kentucky-born Emily Cain by 5.3 points to keep the streak alive. Since 1876, a total of 208 of the 222 candidates elected to the nation's lower legislative chamber from the state have been born in Maine, or 94 percent.


    more POLITICAL CRUMBS

    Humphrey School Sites
    CSPG
    Humphrey New Media Hub

    Issues />

<div id=
    Abortion
    Afghanistan
    Budget and taxes
    Campaign finances
    Crime and punishment
    Economy and jobs
    Education
    Energy
    Environment
    Foreign affairs
    Gender
    Health
    Housing
    Ideology
    Immigration
    Iraq
    Media
    Military
    Partisanship
    Race and ethnicity
    Reapportionment
    Redistricting
    Religion
    Sexuality
    Sports
    Terrorism
    Third parties
    Transportation
    Voting