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Published May 11, 2009, 02:51 PM

Franken wants Minn. court clarity on election doc

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Democrat Al Franken is making a request of his own to the Minnesota Supreme Court: Force officials to issue the Senate election certificate quickly. Franken filed his formal response to Republican Norm Coleman's election appeal. Franken lays out why he believes he is the rightful winner of the drawn-out race.

By: By BRIAN BAKST, Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Democrat Al Franken is making a request of his own to the Minnesota Supreme Court: Force officials to issue the Senate election certificate quickly.

Franken filed his formal response to Republican Norm Coleman's election appeal. Franken lays out why he believes he is the rightful winner of the drawn-out race.

As part of his filing, he wants justices to direct Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty to sign an election certificate promptly even if the case gets appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Coleman is fighting a lower court ruling that left him 312 votes short of Franken. The former senator argues that he could turn the tide if thousands of rejected absentee ballots are deemed eligible by the Supreme Court. The high court hears oral arguments on June 1.

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