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Discussion was serious Wednesday as the state Canvassing Board met to discuss Minnesota's U.S. Senate race recount. From left are Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, Supreme Court Justice G. Barry Anderson and Ramsey County Judge Edward Cleary. Photo by Don Davis, Forum Communications.

Board rejects Franken absentee ballot request

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By Don Davis

St. Paul Capitol Bureau

ST. PAUL - A state elections board decided it does not have the authority to decide whether rejected absentee ballots in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race should be counted, but the five-member board this morning agreed that any absentee votes that were not counted should be part of an on-going recount.

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