While questioning Ramsey County (St. Paul) elections director Joe Mansky, Franken lawyer Kevin Hamilton just got a confirmation that a friendly Coleman witnesses who said his ballot was improperly rejected was in fact tossed out properly -- and he also appears to have broken a serious law.
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Hamilton reviewed the matter of Douglas Thompson, the Coleman witness whose girlfriend forged his signature on his absentee ballot application. Thompson later signed his own absentee ballot itself, and the ballot was rejected because of the mismatched signatures.
Hamilton asked Mansky if his office would in any way be able to verify the provenance of a ballot if someone else, "just to maybe pick an example, his girlfriend," had signed the application. Mansky confirmed that it would not only be impossible to verify such a ballot, but also that someone having his girlfriend falsely sign his application is a felony, outside of a set of specific exemptions for people who are unable to sign for themselves.
"If just anybody could request a ballot in someone else's name, that would be a problem ,wouldn't it?" Hamilton later asked, specifically referring back to Douglas Thompson.
"It would be a big problem," said Mansky, appearing to smile at the absurdity of this whole situation. Mansky then confirmed that Thompson's ballot was properly rejected.