The three-judge panel handling the Senate election contest this morning published an order allowing 24 ballots, and possibly a 25th additional ballot, to be counted. These were all previously rejected absentee ballots. This group comes from a list of voters who had filed a separate action asking that their ballots be counted, but the effort was organized by the Franken campaign, so it’s probably safe to assume that these votes, when opened and counted, will be for Franken.
Given all the ballots that are now under consideration for possible counting, don’t get too exciuted about what this does to the score.
If you’re wondering about the 24-possibly-25 bit, one of the voters says she put her registration application inside the inner envelope of the absentee ballot (it’s supposed to be inside the outer but outside the inner). the judges will open the inner envelope of that one and if there’s a valid registation in there, they will count it. There are believed to be at least several dozen similar (registration form inside the inner) situations, so presumably this means that those will be counted as well.
In the same order, the judges chose NOT to count about three dozen other ballots from the same Franken voter lawsuit.