Coleman proposes schedule and start date for election trial

Norm Coleman's campaign filed more court papers today in their election contest, proposing a set schedule for the Minnesota Supreme Court to follow as well as a start date of Feb. 9. If the court does follow Coleman's suggestions, the last set of evidence would start Feb. 23. 

And while Coleman has his hands full with his own battles, the Republicans are backing him up with more legal challenges. A group of Republican activists said they will file a lawsuit to eliminate alleged double-counting of votes in the race.

See the full request here (PDF).

Coleman is asking for the court to first address wrongly rejected absentee ballots. That evidence would be followed by trials about double ballots, the missing Minneapolis ballots, voter intent challenges, and any remaining issues.

A three-judge panel has been chosen to hear the case. Franken is currently suing in hopes of being seated before the election contest is resolved. He is ahead by 225 votes after the state Canvassing Board certified ballot totals. 

More from the Star Tribune on the double counting lawsuit filed by the Republicans: 

Though the group acknowledged that it had few concrete examples of actual double-counting, its attorney said he believes there "could be hundreds" of double-counted votes. At a late-morning news conference, the group said it would launch a website in hopes of getting other Minnesotans to join them. "My vote was disenfranchised" because of the double-counting, said Scott Walker, a Republican activist from St. Paul. "I am furious about that."