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 Twincities.com:
“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.