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Minneapolis officials get extra time to find 133 missing ballots

The Minnesota secretary of state’s office has granted Minneapolis election officials “as much time as they need” to find a missing envelope with 133 ballots in it.

Deputy Secretary of State Jim Gelbmann said the city’s other 209,000 votes will be posted by Friday’s statewide deadline, as the recount of most ballots cast in the Senate contest between Al Franken and Norm Coleman draws to a close.

Still at issue are disputes over ballots challenged by the two candidates and over whether to count rejected absentee ballots.

City elections chief Cindy Reichert said she doesn’t suspect foul play in the disappearance of votes in a student-heavy Dinkytown precinct.

Earlier today, the Franken campaign called for an “intensive search” to turn up the ballots.

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