Minnesota Senate Trial Proceeds, Giving Coleman Hope

The Minnesota Senate trial is going forward, ballot by ballot.

A three-judge panel ruled that Republican Norm Coleman could argue for the admission of about 4,800 absentee ballots that may have been rejected improperly.

Coleman attorney Joe Friedberg was going over ballots one by one on Wednesday with Washington County's elections supervisor, asking why they were rejected. The process was taking two or three minutes on each ballot.

The absentees are Coleman's main hope for overturning Democrat Al Franken's 225-vote lead. Spending even a few minutes on each rejected ballot could take months.