Now this is an interesting new gambit from the Coleman campaign. They're now calling for all 12,000 rejected absentee ballots -- regardless of whether the local officials think they were properly tossed based on state law -- to be counted.
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Previously the Coleman campaign was only trying to put about 650 rejected envelopes into the count, which came almost entirely from precincts that he had carried in the election. If Coleman were to succeed at this latest move -- which at first glance looks unlikely, as it would require throwing out the state laws governing absentee ballots -- would it help him?
Intuitively, it would seem as if errors in filling out absentee ballots would make up a random sampling of all absentee ballots -- which as we know, went overall to Al Franken by a comfortable margin. On the other hand, as we've reported, both campaigns have demonstrated a skill for figuring out which voters they'd like to get into the count and which voters they'd like to keep out.
So does the Coleman campaign know something about these ballots that the rest of us don't? Or is this some sort of statistical Hail Mary pass -- a blind attempt to try something new, since the alternative is to continue on their present course and still lose?
Late Update: Franken spokesman Andy Barr just sent us a statement ridiculing Coleman for first opposing the counting of rejected ballots, then agreeing, then opposing, then agreeing and so on: "We're not going to respond to any proposal they make until they figure out what, exactly, their proposal is."
Full statement after the jump.