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Disputed ballots fall in 3 areas

ST. PAUL - Three general categories of ballots remain disputed in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race.

Challenged ballots: An ever-shrinking number of ballots in which one campaign or the other claimed the voter's intended candidate is not clear. The final number was expected to be less than 1,500 after campaigns withdrew more than 5,000 challenges.

Improperly rejected absentee ballots: While there are four reasons that absentee ballots legally may be rejected, there appear to be something like 1,500 across the state that may have been improperly rejected. The courts may decide if they are counted.

Incident reports: A third category of questioned ballots became much discussed Monday, those revolving around a variety of incidents that one or the other campaign has complained about. For instance, the Coleman campaign says "a couple hundred" votes may have been counted twice after the original ballots were damaged and duplicate ones were produced - with both being counted.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.