Some Absentee Ballots Won't Be Counted: Minn. Board

Body doesn't have authority to include them, it rules in blow to Dem Franken
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2008 10:58 AM CST
Election judges Lucy Karml and Diana Kittelson count ballots by hand over the watchful eyes of Geri Katz, a representative of Al Franken, as well as other Minnesota election officials.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The board in charge of the recount in the Minnesota Senate race denied a request yesterday from Democrat Al Franken to include rejected absentee ballots, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The state Canvassing Board said it does not have the authority to do so, and wasn’t ruling on the merits of Franken’s argument. Franken trails incumbent Norm Coleman by 282 votes, with 88% of the 2.9 million ballots recounted.