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Tuesday was Day 7 of Norm Coleman's lawsuit challenging the recount results that show DFLer Al Franken with a 225-vote lead.


The presiding three-judge panel ruled that about 4,800 rejected absentee ballots may be reviewed and that any that were improperly turned aside should be counted. That number was between the 11,000 requested by Coleman and 650 sought by Franken. Getting ballots added to the count is a key part of Coleman's strategy.

The court rejected a Coleman motion to accept large categories of ballots, instead requiring that evidence be presented that ballots were wrongly rejected.

In court, Coleman's attorneys sought to show that inconsistent standards were applied by local election officials in deciding whether to accept or reject absentee ballots.


The trial resumes at 9 a.m. today.

On Thursday, the state Supreme Court will hear arguments on Franken's bid to be granted an election certificate that would allow him to be seated provisionally, pending the outcome of the trial.