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Senate recount trial: Coleman side wrapping up but raises questions about secretary of state’s records

With just some legal housekeeping left, Norm Coleman’s legal team this morning completed presenting testimony in its case to overturn Al Franken’s recount victory.
 
Coleman’s side is expected to rest this afternoon, with Franken’s case set to begin Tuesday morning.
 
The legal burden is on Coleman to prove that Franken’s 225-vote margin is faulty.
 
Secretary of State elections director Gary Poser, back on the stand, revealed that some people who registered to vote had their absentee ballots rejected because election officials believed they had voted in person, but they hadn’t. 
 
The glitch occurred because the individual’s information was apparently coded incorrectly in the state’s voter registration system.
 
This led Coleman legal spokesman Ben Ginsberg to call the secretary of state’s entire data system “corrupt … It’s impossible to have faith in the system,” he said.
 
He meant the data is corrupt, not the people, he emphasized.
 
Franken lawyer Marc Elias said he’d react to Ginsberg’s view and Poser’s testimony later today.
 
Meanwhile, Republican poll judge Pam Howell completed her testimony about alleged double counting in her Minneapolis precinct. Franken lawyer David Lillehaug atttempted to impeach her credibility because of repeated contacts with the Coleman campaign.
 
More on the trial later.

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