IN QUESTIONING OF ELECTION OFFICIALS from Wright, Carver and Scott counties, the Coleman campaign sought to highlight differences in how counties processed absentee ballots. The campaign has argued that there have been "equal protection" problems in the election and aftermath -- that is, that not all voters have been treated equally, in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The Franken campaign responds that Minnesota's standards are clear and the trial is only about which candidate received the most legal votes under those standards.

FRANKEN'S LAWYERS GOT PERMISSION from the court to refine and probably expand by week's end their list of nearly 800 ballots they believe should be reconsidered.


• The trial resumes at 9 a.m. today.


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