Canvassing Board Won't Accept Rejected Absentee Ballots

The Minnesota state canvassing board today voted unanimously to deny a request from Democrat Al Franken's campaign to include absentee ballots which had bee rejected into its final recount tally. The move would seem to be a blow to Franken's efforts, particularly since a judge in one county has allowed his campaign to gain access to the list of rejected voters already.

But, as the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports, the canvassing board made clear that it's decision was not a statement on the merits of Franken's argument and that they expected that question to be settled in litigation, seemingly kicking the issue down the road.

Also in recount news, attorneys for Franken and Republican Senator Norm Coleman have indicated that may be able to reduce the number of ballots both sides have challenged during the process. That number currently stands at over 3,600 ballots.