Minnesota Recount Shenanigans

FiveThirtyEight.com, which is a site dedicated to statistical analysis of ongoing political disputes, has an interesting thread on the “lost” ballots that would have helped Al Franken (of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party) against Senator Norm Coleman (of the Republican Party of Minnesota). This comes after news that some other ballots that will now help Norm Coleman have been “found” in the backseat of a car.

FiveThirtyEight.com: Politics Done Right: Missing Ballots in Minneapolis?
The latest drama in the Minnesota recount is taking place in the 1st Precinct of the 3rd Ward of the city of Minneapolis, where officials identified 133 fewer ballots in their re-count today than had been recorded on election day. As this particular precinct voted heavily for Franken, who nearly doubled Norm Coleman’s vote total there on November 4, a reduction in the ballot count there would be a significant detriment to him, which the St. Paul Pioneer Press estimates as a net loss of 36 ballots.

No one knows what is an honest mistake, and what is a political trick.

Update: The tit-for-tat shenanigans continue. First some ballots are “found,” then others are “lost,” now more are “found.”