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    "Car ballots" tainted Al Franken's victory in the 2008 Minnesota Senate election


    Norm Coleman's campaign admitted there was no ballot-tampering in his 2008 race

    This claim originated from a comment made by Fritz Knaak, a lawyer representing Republican Norm Coleman's campaign, who reportedly said, "We were actually told ballots had been riding around in [Minneapolis director of elections Cindy Reichert's] car for several days, which raised all kinds of integrity questions." However, Knaak reportedly said later the same day that he was assured that the 32 ballots in question weren't tampered with, and also reportedly said two days later that "[i]t does not appear that there was any ballot-tampering, and that was our concern."

    Minnesota media reporter David Brauer reported that Reichert made "three fundamental points" when he interviewed her about the story:

    1. The ballots were never in her car.

    2. The ballots were never in anyone's car for several days.

    3. The ballots were never lost or forgotten, and spent Election Night until counting day in secure city facilities.

    Furthermore, Franken’s final margin of victory was 312 votes -- far more than the 32 ballots at issue.