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State Canvassing Board members G. Barry Anderson, left, a Supreme Court justice, and Edward Cleary, a Ramsey County district judge, listen to a discussion Friday of rejected absentee ballots in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race. Photo by Scott Wente, St. Paul Capitol Bureau.

Board: Counties should count absentee ballots

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By Scott Wente

St. Paul Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL -- Al Franken's campaign celebrated the election board's request that a controversial pile of ballots be counted.

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Norm Coleman's attorneys sought the state Supreme Court's swift intervention to avoid a "Florida-style" ballot mishap.

And the state's election chief reminded everyone Minnesota's U.S. Senate race will not be decided for at least another week.

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