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Updated: 10/30/2009 6:18 AM
Created: 10/29/2009 8:53 PM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Mark Albert

Election Mistakes Lead to Changes in Vote Counting

A 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation has found that mistakes made with absentee ballots in the contentious 2008 U.S. Senate recount between Al Franken and Norm Coleman are leading to changes in the way many votes will be counted in future elections.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS contacted dozens of cities and counties around the metro area, asking to examine the absentee ballot return envelopes from the 2008 general election race that were accepted and rejected.

In two months of work, we found seven types of inconsistencies where absentee ballots were accepted and counted, even though their envelopes did not appear to strictly follow state law or the rulings issued by judges during the recount.

In some cases, whether the ballot was counted apparently depended on where the voter lived.

Click the video box to watch the exclusive 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation.


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