BREAKING: Court Rejects Franken’s Certificate Request


The Minnesota Supreme Court just handed down a decision rejecting Al Franken’s request for an election certificate prior to the end of the lawsuit brought by incumbent Norm Coleman. From

“We conclude that neither state nor federal law requires issuance of a certificate of election before the election contest is completed; we deny the petition,” the Supreme Court wrote in an opinion released today.

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, a Democrat and Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, have said that state law bars a Senate candidate from receiving an election certificate when there is a contested election.

The decision comes as Coleman and Franken are still wrangling in court over who got the most votes in the long-running race. Franken has a 225-vote lead.



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