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.
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.