The U.S. Senate race, State Senate District 16 race, and two State Representative races (State Representative Districts 12B and 16A) were subject to state-funded recounts in 2008. Find more information below.
The extremely close vote totals in the U.S. Senate race resulted in a statewide hand recount. The recount and subsequent court contest delayed the issuing of a certificate of election until the summer of 2009. A narrative of Minnesota's 2008 election was published in the 2009-2010 Legislative Manual. A table summarizing vote counts at different points is below, as well as links to important documents.
|Date||Description||Votes for Coleman||Votes for Franken|
|11/18/08||Initial State Canvassing Board meeting||1,211,590||1,211,375|
|12/5/08||After hand recount, not including challenged ballots||1,209,240||1,209,228|
|12/20/08||After review of challenged ballots by State Canvassing Board||1,211,901||1,211,950|
|1/5/09||After counting of improperly rejected absentee ballots by order of Minnesota Supreme Court. This total was certified by State Canvassing Board.||1,212,206||1,212,431|
|4/13/09||After counting of improperly rejected absentee ballots by order of three-judge panel during the election contest. NOTE: these totals were not canvassed by State Canvassing Board, and are not incorporated into the Complete 2008 General Election Results||1,212,317||1,212,629|
Recounts were conducted in State Senate District 16 special election, and State Representative Districts 12B and 16A following the 2008 General Election. View the results in Official Documents