Except some people didn't fill it completely in, some used a check mark, some doodled elsewhere on the ballot ... and all are being challenged.
The stakes are high because Democrats are only two shy of having a 60-vote super majority in the U.S. Senate. Georgia's incumbent Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss has a runoff election on December 2, and Minnesota's incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman is fighting to hold onto his win against Democrat/liberal activist Al Franken.
I published an earlier post pointing to Erick Erickson at Red State discussing the Minnesota recount and the fact that every "discovered" vote at that time had gone to Franken, something he called a statitistical improbability. What Mr. Erickson said was:
I spent six years as an elections lawyer. I handled a lot of very wacked election canvasses and recounts. One thing they all had in common: when new votes were found, they generally went both ways -- a few for one candidate and a few for the other candidate. It didn't quite follow the polling, but then close races only happen at the 50-50 margin.Mr. Erickson's latest post discusses Franken's attempts to change the rules after the election.
Here's something that never happened: the votes did not all go 100% for one candidate except in the two instances where there was only one misplaced ballot discovered.
And so the challenges continue.