Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is weighing in on the Canvassing Board's decision. Here's the statement:
REID: MINNESOTA VOTERS MUST NOT BE DISENFRANCHISED
Washington, DC--Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after the Minnesota Canvassing Board confirmed that absentee ballots rejected by poll workers would not be included in the states Senate recount :
"Today's decision by the Minnesota Canvassing Board not to count certain absentee ballots is cause for great concern. As the process moves forward, Minnesota authorities must ensure that no voter is disenfranchised. A citizen's right to have his or her vote counted is fundamental in our democracy."
Coleman's campaign manager Cullen Sheehan responds with this statement:
"This is a stunning admission by the Franken campaign that they are willing to take this process away from Minnesotans if they fail to win the recount. It is even more stunning that the Democratic Senate leader would inject himself into the Minnesota election process. This says that Franken is fully prepared and armed to take this matter to the United States Senate and that the Senate will be receptive - even if Franken fails to succeed in winning the recount. This is a troubling new development. We call upon Al Franken to personally disavow his attorney's comments, and to commit to Minnesotans that he will not allow this election to be overturned by the leadership of the Democratic Senate. Al Franken owes it to the people of this state to reject any and all efforts to stop a Minnesota Senator from being sworn in on January 6th if Norm Coleman continues to be shown to have won this election after the recount."