Politics

Minn. To Declare Franken Winner

Minnesota is expected to declare Al Franken the winner of its U.S. Senate contest today. So is it finally over? Not exactly. Norm Coleman has asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to count a few hundred extra absentee ballots. Should the court deny his request and the state proceed to certify Franken's victory, then Coleman will likely challenge the result, which will require the state's chief justice to appoint three judges to investigate his claims. Coleman's campaign contends that hundreds of absentee voters were "disenfranchised," some votes were double counted, and, in other instances, lost ballots were counted.