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Final Minnesota Absentee Ballots Set To Be Opened And Counted Saturday Jan 3rd

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Point your browsers to The UpTake on Saturday starting at 9 AM CT to watch the opening and counting of those previously rejected absentee ballots in Minnesota's extremely close US Senate race. Unofficial State Canvassing Board totals put Democrat Al Franken ahead by 49 votes over Incumbent Republican Senator Norm Coleman.

Of course, that could all change depending what Minnesota's Supreme Court does. Minnesota's Secretary of State's Office announced the opening and counting time before the Coleman campaign filed a request for the court to halt the absentee ballot review process and essentially start over with new rules. The Coleman campaign says the standards for rejecting or accepting absentee ballots vary too widely by county. The counties have found about 1,350 absentee ballots that were wrongly rejected. The Coleman campaign would like to count an additional 654 some ballots it says deserve another look.

Most of the additional absentee ballots the Coleman campaign wants counted are from areas that lean Republican. Coleman lawyer Tony Trimble calls that a "coincidence".

The court has not commented on the Coleman request nor indicated if or when they will rule on it.