Coleman Team: 'Set Aside' This Election

GOP defense rests most of case; now it's Franken's turn
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 3, 2009 8:35 AM CST
Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken, with his wife Franni at his side, speaks to members of the media Monday Jan. 5, 2009.   (AP Photo/Dawn Villella)
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(Newser) – A lawyer for Norm Coleman suggested the election should be "set aside" in a letter to the court reviewing Minnesota’s US Senate election results, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. “Some courts have held that when the number of illegal votes exceeds the margin between the candidates—and it cannot be determined for which candidate those illegal votes were cast—the most appropriate remedy is to set aside the election.”

The Republican’s team largely rested its case yesterday following testimony from the state elections director that acknowledged the election system is flawed. Lawyers for Al Franken, who leads the race by 225 votes, will begin making their case today, describing “how the system worked, by and large”—but leaving room to challenge the rejection of 804 ballots. Coleman wants 2,000 rejected ballots counted.