Minnesota Lizard People

ballotElection officials, engaged in a recount, must consider voter intent on many ballots in the Al Franken/Norm Coleman race. Most are pretty obvious, many are funny. But I think the laws are written wrong - if it were up to me, the test would be, "if there are reasonable grounds for confusion, throw the ballot out."
We'll probably all tire of this soon, but here's what election officials will be contending with for the next couple of weeks. This picture of an improperly marked ballot comes from photographer Bill Alkofer who was in Shorewood this morning. It's clearly closer to the Al Franken circle, where the mark would have been properly placed assuming the voter's intention was to vote for Franken. I suppose a case could be made that it's more likely the mark of a voter trying to restart a stalled pen than a sign of intent.
Ya. I'd say that's a non-vote.
From MPR's Curtis Gilbert: The Coleman campaign challenged this ballot in Anoka county, arguing the voter drew an arrow pointing at Coleman's name after filling in the bubble next to Franken's name.
arrowballot.jpg I'd say give it to Coleman.
Here is a pic of a ballot that was challenged in Beltrami County. The voter cast their ballot for Al Franken, but also put "Lizard People" as a write-in candidate, not only in the U.S. Senate race, but for several others. The county auditor/treasurer ruled that the vote should not be counted because it's considered an overvote. Representatives for Franken challenged that decision.
lizardpeopleb.jpg I'm with the Frankenphiles on this one. While the voter created a new option, he didn't select it on the U.S. Senate race - he selected Al.