A fair explanation of what the recount process has been in Minnesota, was provided by TPMReaderHG this afternoon at TPM's Election Central:
In both [Florida 2000 and 2008 MN Senate] cases, the Democratic candidate was trying to get as many valid ballots counted as possible, and the Republican was trying to stop the counting.
Gore was trying to get the recount according to Florida state election law, and the Supreme Court overruled Florida law.
In Minnesota, the recount has been conducted according to Minnesota state law. Norm Coleman was not interested in counting every vote when he had a minuscule lead the day after the election. He told Franken that he should waive the legally mandated recount and concede.
When Franken declined to do that, Coleman went to court to keep the erroneously rejected absentee ballots from being counted (under the guise of asking for a uniform standard).
The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that the valid absentee ballots had to be counted, with the standard that both sides had to agree on a ballot before it could be counted. Now, Coleman is claiming that there was no uniform standard.
I’m sure that Franken could put up an equal number of rejected absentee ballots that he thinks should be counted.
Now that all of the legal ballots have been counted in accordance with state law, Franken has a larger lead than Coleman did when he suggested that Franken concede. It’s time for Coleman to accept his own advice.