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Minn. election trial will be in hands of judges by weekend

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Norm Coleman and Al Franken will make their closing arguments today in the longest Minnesota U.S. Senate election in history. Once they've concluded their cases, the case will go to the judges to determine who received the most votes on Election Day.

While the trial will soon come to an end, both candidates have left appeals on the table as a possible option after the ruling.

Each candidate's legal team will have an hour to make their closing arguments today.

The judges have to weigh several issues that will determine the vote total. Here is a rundown from the Pioneer Press:

  • How many yet-uncounted absentee ballots should be counted.
  • Whether to buy Coleman arguments on alleged double-counting in the recount.
  • Whether to agree with his allegations that flawed ballots are already in the count.
  • Whether to accept Franken's claim he was shorted several dozen votes through various means in the recount.
The campaigns would have 10 days to file an appeal after the ruling. Coleman's legal team has made arguments that there were so many errors in the election that it would be impossible to know who actually received the most votes. That argument helps them set up an appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court. Although the end isn't quite in sight, we'll be one step closer to putting this daily drama to rest.