STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Election Notebook: Voter ID amendment takes spotlight
Debate about a proposed constitutional amendment requiring Minnesota voters to show photographic identification intensified Wednesday.
Among the disputes, the two sides of the question appearing on t... Posted on 10/24/12 at 4:42 PM
ST. PAUL -- What could be the final day of Minnesota's U.S. Senate trial is receiving more attention than during seven weeks of testimony, with a crowd packing a courtroom generally used by the state Supreme Court. File photo.
St. Louis County took the Minnesota U.S. Senate trial spotlight Thursday, as Al Franken wants 60 rejected St. Louis County absentee ballots added to November’s election tally even though dates on related paperwork do not match.
Judges presiding over the U.S. Senate election trial will not reconsider their decision to block some rejected absentee ballots from being reviewed for counting. The decision is a setback for Republican Norm Coleman (above).
As attorneys for Norm Coleman and Al Franken discussed this morning whether certain uncounted absentee ballots should be reviewed for possible counting, one of the three judges interjected to say the panel will look at ballots they believe must be counted.
UPDATED: In opening statements at Minnesota’s U.S. Senate election trial, an attorney for Norm Coleman said counties applied different standards when they decided whether to reject absentee ballots in the election.
In the clearest sign yet that he has dramatically shifted strategies since falling behind in the U.S. Senate recount, Republican Norm Coleman’s campaign said Monday that it would push to have all 12,000 absentee ballots rejected in the election reconsidered and to ensure that those wrongly set aside are counted.
ST. PAUL — Victory in Minnesota’s drawn-out Senate race moved within Democrat Al Franken’s grasp Saturday when he increased his lead over Republican Norm Coleman as the statewide recount drew to a close.
At the St. Louis County Courthouse in Duluth, county election officials and leaders from the U.S. Senate campaigns of Norm Coleman and Al Franken were scouring absentee ballots that were rejected on election night.
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, December 31, 2008
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