Franken, Coleman argue over absentee blocs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) âÄî The candidates in Minnesota’s Senate race are taking nearly opposite views on which kinds of rejected absentee ballots should be added to the vote count. The judges hearing a lawsuit over the race classified the rejected absentees into 19 categories according to the reason they were rejected. Then they asked Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken to argue for admitting or excluding entire categories instead of taking ballots one by one. Franken emerged from a statewide recount with a 225-vote lead. His lawyers argued that ballots in 17 of the 19 categories should not be counted. In the other two categories, they say some of the ballots should be counted if they meet certain requirements. Coleman’s lawyers argued to count all the ballots in 13 categories, and some of the ballots in three more categories.