Franken tries to pare Coleman list in Senate case

Franken’s attorneys are working to show that rejected ballots were properly dismissed.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) âÄî One by one, Democrat Al Franken’s attorneys are casting doubt over the viability of uncounted absentee ballots that Republican Norm Coleman wants included in the Minnesota Senate race tally. In trial Tuesday, Franken lawyer David Lillehaug worked to show that nearly 80 ballots that Coleman believes should count were properly rejected. All were initially turned away because the voter’s witness was deemed unqualified. Minnesota law dictates four legal reasons for rejecting an absentee ballot. Among them are that the witness is a registered voter as well. Coleman’s list of rejected absentee ballots that could still count has shrunk throughout the four-week-old trial. Franken’s move was aimed at lowering it more, but Coleman’s lawyers say the exercise merely demonstrated inconsistencies around Minnesota in reviewing absentee ballots. Franken led Coleman by 225 votes after a statewide recount.