Franken campaign releases video about rejected absentee ballots

Al Franken's campaign released the following video and corresponding Web site today to continue his never-ending fight for every vote to count. Now we know why he really wanted contact info for the rejected absentee voters. It's all coming together now. Check out the details on the people featured below.






The campaign provided the following details about the people featured in the ad:

Mary Legris - 56 - Minneapolis
REASON FOR REJECTION: Election judge error ("At polls - EJ error").
MARY'S VOTE SHOULD COUNT: Election judge error is not a legal reason to reject an absentee ballot in Minnesota. Mary voted absentee because she was going to spend Election Day volunteering to turn out other voters. She experienced no difficulty in obtaining and casting her absentee ballot at Minneapolis City Hall on November 3. Mary has been registered since 1992, and, in fact, has voted in 23 elections since then. Mary's ballot was rejected because of election judge error (it is unclear what election judge error occurred). However, that is not a legal reason to reject an absentee ballot in Minnesota.

John Robertus - 83 - New Brighton
REASON FOR REJECTION: Lack of driver's license number on ballot envelope ("No DL # on outer envelope").
JOHN'S VOTE SHOULD COUNT: Lack of driver's license number on ballot envelope is not a valid reason to reject an absentee ballot in Minnesota. John, who has been registered to vote since 1972, went to New Brighton City Hall to request his absentee ballot along with a new registration application, because he had moved to an assisted living facility. His wife, Phyllis, submitted a statement from the assisted living facility attesting that it was his residence - which, under state law, constitutes proof of residence. Because John no longer drives a car, he no longer has a driver's license, and he therefore left that space blank on the absentee ballot envelope. John's ballot was rejected because he did not list a driver's license number on his ballot envelope. However, listing a driver's license number on the ballot envelope is not a legal requirement to vote.

Jane Bolter - 69 - Minnetonka

Burton "Bud" Bolter - 73 - Minnetonka
REASON FOR REJECTION: Lack of voter registration ("NR").
THE BOLTERS' VOTES SHOULD COUNT: The Secretary of State's registration database confirms that the Bolters are, in fact, registered to vote. The Bolters voted absentee because Bud was scheduled to have open-heart surgery and would be in the hospital on Election Day. The Bolters live in Unit 102 of their building; they listed that address correctly on their absentee ballot applications. However, the Secretary of State's registration database erroneously lists Bud as living in Unit 112, and local elections officials erroneously determined that Jane actually lives in Unit 112. There is no Unit 112 in their building. The Bolters' ballots were rejected due to lack of voter registration. However, the Secretary of State's registration database confirms that both are, in fact, registered to vote.

Mike Brickley - 46 - Bloomington
Brandi Brickley - 38 - Bloomington

REASON FOR REJECTION: (Mike) Lack of voter registration, signature on ballot envelope not genuine ("no registration card and voter signature on application and return envelope does not match"); (Brandi) lack of voter registration ("no registration card").
THE BRICKLEYS' VOTES SHOULD COUNT: The Secretary of State's registration database confirms that the Brickleys are, in fact, registered to vote; Mike Brickley considers the signature on his ballot to be genuine. Mike is a quadriplegic and Brandi, who recently suffered a stroke, is legally blind. They moved in August 2007, and re-registered at Bloomington City Hall on October 3, 2008 with the help of a city clerk. They received their absentee ballots by mail and voted at home. The Brickleys' ballots were rejected due to lack of voter registration. However, the Secretary of State's registration database confirms that both are, in fact, registered to vote. In addition, Mike's ballot was rejected due to the signature on the ballot envelope not being genuine - it does not look like the signature on his application. Mike signed his absentee ballot application using his mouth, and then directed his wife to sign on his behalf on the ballot itself. He considers both to be his genuine signature.

Erick Garcia Luna - 31 - Minnetonka

REASON FOR REJECTION: Lack of voter registration ("Rejected / no reg").
ERICK'S VOTE SHOULD COUNT: The Secretary of State's registration database confirms that Erick is, in fact, registered to vote. Erick, who is the chair of the DFL Latino Caucus, became a naturalized citizen this year. He cast his first-ever United States ballot by voting absentee in Minnetonka in October. Erick's ballot was originally rejected, per a call he received from Minnetonka City Hall, due to the signature on the ballot envelope not being genuine - it does not look like the signature on his application. However, the signature on the ballot envelope was, in fact, Erick's genuine signature. Erick has had to change the appearance of his signature since becoming a naturalized citizen this year, but faxed back a new application with a signature more closely matching the one on the ballot envelope. He then received a call from the clerk's office confirming that the signature issue had been resolved, and that his ballot would be counted. Erick's ballot was ultimately rejected due to lack of voter registration. However, the Secretary of State's registration database confirms that Erick is, in fact, registered to vote.


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