It's a big day in the Norm Coleman vs. Al Franken brawl for the Senate seat. The state Canvassing Board meets today to determine if they will consider rejected absentee votes in the final tally. They will meet at 9:30 a.m. today and local experts says these votes could lead to a Franken win.
graphic shows Coleman pulling ahead in the amount of challenged ballots, but these numbers still don't mean a lot because both campaigns claim the other is producing frivolous challenges.
Watch the meeting live here:
It's unclear how many absentee votes might be reconsidered. The ballots in question were rejected due to administrative mistakes, Franken's camp says
The importance of today's meeting is being reported nationwide. In the Wall Street Journal
, the University of Minnesota's political junkie Larry Jacobs says these votes will determine the results of the race.
"Things are clearly moving in the wrong direction for Franken [in the recount]," Larry Jacobs, a political scientist at the University of Minnesota, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He says many of the challenges filed by both campaigns against individual ballots are frivolous and will be withdrawn or dismissed by the canvassing board: "The Franken campaign is going to win or lose based on what happens with the absentees."
When will all of this be done?
Here is a reminder:
Dec. 5: all counties are expected to have finished counting ballots.
Dec. 16: the State Canvassing Board meets to determine the fate of challenged ballots.
Originally the estimate was a completion date of Dec. 19, but with the mounting challenges and potential court battles, some are preparing for an empty seat in the Senate come January.