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Washington County Elections Supervisor Carol Peterson, pictured during the U.S. Senate recount, said election workers properly rejected the absentee ballots of Washington County voters identified in Norm Coleman's election lawsuit. The campaign claims some absentee ballots were rejected improperly.

Voters surprised by role in Senate lawsuit

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Norm Coleman cannot rely on Minnesotans Howard Hartmann and Nancy Carmichael to help him fight the U.S. Senate recount result in court.

Plucked from relative anonymity, the two voters are among dozens named in Coleman's lawsuit challenging the election recount that gave Democrat Al Franken 225 more votes.

Hartmann and Carmichael voted for Republican Coleman, but their absentee ballots were not counted because of voter error, election officials said.

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