Judges in Republican Norm Coleman's U.S. Senate recount trial have asked attorneys from both sides to submit briefs by later this afternoon on which categories of absentee ballots should be recounted.
Republican Norm Coleman says he's confident that the issues he has raised in the court challenge of the U.S. Senate recount will be addressed to his satisfaction. He spoke with MPR's Tom Crann about the progress of the trial, and the lengthy process to determine Minnesota's next senator.
Al Franken said Friday he's frustrated but
not bitter that a lawsuit by Norm Coleman is keeping him out of the U.S. Senate. Franken, a Democrat, left little doubt in an interview today that he considers himself the winner of the race.
Lawyers for Democrat Al Franken tried to convince the Minnesota Supreme Court today that it should require the governor and secretary of state to issue Franken an election certificate. The certificate would allow Franken to take a seat in the U.S. Senate.
In a key ruling, the three-judge panel hearing Minnesota's senate election contest says it will allow Republican Norm Coleman's campaign to introduce about 4,800 rejected absentee ballots into the trial for consideration.
Since last November's election the campaigns of Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken have collected a total of nearly $6.4 million dollars to help finance their recount operations.