Franken Loses Absentee Ballot Appeal In MN Recount

12/27/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The state Canvassing Board today rejected Democrat Al Franken's request to count absentee ballots his campaign says were wrongly rejected by poll judges.

Republican Sen. Norm Coleman's team had argued that the board lacks the power to include those ballots in the recount.

At the start of the recount, Coleman had a 215-vote lead out of 2.9 million ballots cast. Through Tuesday night, state figures showed a 238-vote lead when Nov. 4 tallies are compared with new counts in precincts where the recount is done.

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