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Published June 24, 2010, 09:43 AM

Court-Rejected Ballots

The 2008 Minnesota Senate race is headed back to court.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The 2008 Minnesota Senate race is headed back to court.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals was set Thursday to review a lower court ruling that granted a media outlet access to uncounted absentee ballots from the drawn-out 2008 election.

KSTP-TV and other Hubbard Broadcasting Corp. affiliates sued to obtain the ballots. They prevailed in a Ramsey County court, but last year's ruling was appealed.

Absentee ballots were a focal point of the Senate race Democrat

Al Franken ultimately won by 312 votes.

The TV stations argue the goal of the ballot examination is to fully understand what worked and what didn't in Minnesota's election.

The hearing comes one day before absentee balloting begins for the 2010 primary election, which will be held on Aug. 10.

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