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Franken suggests over 1,500 ballots be opened, possibly counted

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Democratic Senate candidate Al Franken has told a Minnesota court he would agree to the opening and possible counting of almost 1,600 still-sealed absentee ballots.

In a Saturday filing, Franken's lawyers submitted a list of absentee voters whose rejected ballots they want to give another look. About half the voter names also appear on a longer list compiled by Republican Norm Coleman. The rest are distinct from the Coleman roster.

Coleman is suing to overturn the results of a statewide recount that had Franken ahead by 225 votes. He has argued that thousands of absentee ballots were wrongly rejected by poll workers and should count.

A three-judge panel that has heard four weeks of testimony in Coleman's lawsuit will ultimately decide which ballots get counted. The case resumes Monday.

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