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Moorhead man among those filing lawsuit to force votes to count in U.S. Senate race

MOORHEAD - A truck driver from Moorhead is among a group of Minnesotans who claim their absentee ballots were wrongly tossed aside in the U.S. Senate race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken.

Jeff Dustin is one of 64 people asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to order rejected ballots opened and counted.

Dustin says he joined the lawsuit after a Franken volunteer told him that his ballot was disqualified.

Dustion, who supports Franken, says the close margin with Coleman proves that every vote should count.

The lawsuit names 18 Minnesota counties, including Clay County and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie as defendants.

Michelle Winkis, chief assistant Clay County attorney, says the county will wait for a court order before responding to the claims.