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Status: Friday was Day 5 of Republican Norm Coleman's lawsuit challenging the U.S. Senate recount results. He claims that various irregularities left DFLer Al Franken with an artificial 225-vote lead. A key part of Coleman's strategy is to have the three presiding judges consider thousands of absentee ballots that his campaign contends were wrongly rejected.
THE DAY'S EVENTS
• Ramsey County Elections Chief Joe Mansky testified, under questioning by Coleman lawyers, that substantial numbers of valid absentee ballots were mistakenly rejected by local elections officials and remain uncounted.
• A group of 61 voters sought to have their ballots automatically counted, while another group of seven voters asked permission to intervene in the case to advocate for their own interests.
• The trial resumes at 9 a.m. Monday.