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Kevin Boyle, Dakota County's elections manager, testifies Tuesday about rejected absentee ballots in the Senate election trial. (Scott Wente/St. Paul Bureau)

Senate trial judges to count 23 ballots

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ST. PAUL - Judges deciding Minnesota's U.S. Senate election trial said Tuesday they will count nearly two-dozen improperly rejected absentee ballots.

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The 23 ballot envelopes all are believed to contain votes for Democrat Al Franken, who ended the recount with a 225-vote lead over Norm Coleman. Coleman is challenging that result in the election trial.

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