Emotional Franken Video: Count Our Votes

Dem wants absentee review; fight continues over lost ballots
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Dec 11, 2008 9:00 AM CST

(Newser) – In its ongoing fight to get rejected absentee ballots re-evaluated, Al Franken’s Senate campaign released an emotionally charged video about uncounted voters, reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The video includes one bedridden man—with his head on a Minnesota Vikings pillow—who implores, “I may be a quadriplegic, but we are still someone, and we deserve to have our votes counted.” Incumbent Norm Coleman’s campaign called the video “a new low,” aimed at discrediting election officials.

The absentee ballots are one of several outstanding disputes. The other major one centers on 133 Minneapolis ballots lost in the recount. Since recounted numbers are now unavailable, Coleman’s campaign argues that they should not be counted at all, while Franken’s wants their original, election night tally to count.