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MN Supreme Court: Franken can't join Senate yet

Minnesota's highest court on Friday denied Democrat Al Franken's reguest to be certified as the winner of U.S. Senate Election, reported the Star Tribune.

The Minnesota Supreme Court said that Franken's certification must await a final resolution to the lengthy recount trial and possible appeals. It was 5-0 decision ruling that Franken was not entitled to be certified until the legal debate has made its way through the state courts.

Franken as had a 225 vote lead over Republican Norm Coleman ever since the recount ended two months ago, and argues that that should be enough to seat him in the Senate.

"We conclude that neither state nor federal law requires issuance of a certificate of election before the election contest is completed," the Supreme Court wrote in a unanimous opinion Friday, reported the Pioneer Press.

Without the election certificate, it'd be very difficult, if not impossible, to seat Franken in the Senate. But the Pioneer Press says that if the Franken's legal team wins one more argument, he could get the certificate soon.

Franken's attorney Mark Elias argued that Coleman had failed to prove that enough absentee ballots had been rejected for him to win.

"Whether it is nine, whether it is 19, whether it is 99, it is far fewer than 225," Elias said to the Star Tribune.

Star Tribune: http://www.startribune.com/politics/national/senate/40850567.html?elr=KArksLckD8EQDUoaEyqyP4O:DW3ckUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aUnciaec8O7EyUsl
Pioneer Press: http://www.twincities.com/politics/ci_11853364