Norm Coleman officially announced and filed his election contest yesterday, so we must carry on. There isn't an end in sight just yet. And well, many Minnesotans can't take much more of this. Weren't we promised an end to the torture on Election Day? Isn't that why we voted in the first place?
Time to take a deep breath and buckle down. Although we aren't looking forward to the long trial, at least Minnesotans can be confident that the election wasn't "stolen".
Read the latest below.
Now that the election contest has been filed, here is what we can expect, according to the Pioneer Press:
The process started with Coleman's filing in Ramsey County, where all election lawsuits must begin. Next, a three-judge panel must be appointed to hear the suit.
The law states the matter will be heard in Ramsey County by "three judges assigned by the chief justice of the Supreme Court" but does not say who those judges will be.
They could come from any level of the state's justice system.
The current chief justice, Eric Magnuson, served on the state canvassing board that handled the recount and may recuse himself from the appointing duty.
The trial must start in three weeks and could end in March, but Coleman's lawyer says that is a conservative estimate.
The New York Times
gets a kick out of Minnesotans actually getting pissed off. Yes, Minnesota Nice quickly disappears when we have to endure a very un-Minnesota Nice election season.
Like a January wind-chill, the back-and-forth between Norm Coleman, the Republican incumbent, and his challenger, Al Franken, a Democrat -- and the forever process of recounting and lawyerly sniping that has gone on since Election Day -- is getting a little old even in this capital city of flat-voweled upper Midwest niceness.
"I'm fed up," said Kevin Monn, a financial adviser who works in St. Paul and voted for Mr. Coleman.
Mr. Monn said he thought Minnesotans had been subjected to distortions from the Coleman and Franken campaigns in the last two months, as pitifully tiny handfuls of votes have wavered in the breeze, up for grabs.
Al Franken's campaign isn't exactly pleased with the election contest, claiming all of these issues have been addressed by the Canvassing Board and Supreme Court already.
"It is essentially the same thin gruel, warmed-over leftovers of meals that we've all been served the last few weeks," Franken's recount attorney, Mark Elias told reporters Tuesday.