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Coleman vs. Franken recount to begin

On Wednesday, hundreds of volunteer troops will begin manually counting ballots to determine the official winner of the senatorial race between Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democratic candidate Al Franken, the Star Tribune reported.

Coleman lead stands at a mere 206 votes, making the upcoming legally required recount that much more important.

The integrity of Minnesota's election process is under national scrutiny.

Democrats could secure 60 U.S. Senate seats if the unresolved races in Alaska and Georgia also go the party's way. Minnesota also has a reputation for clean elections, which volunteer observers said they want to maintain.

Washington, D.C. election lawyer Marc Elias, who represented Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry four years ago when the results from Ohio were disputed, has come in to Minnesota to help Franken. Republicans have also been putting together their own legal teams.