The Minnesota election trial has proceeded forward today, with the Franken team continuing to present voters (presumably Franken-supporters) who they think should have their votes counted -- and Team Coleman attempting to undermine confidence in the whole election system.
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State elections director Gary Poser has been on the stand, and lead Coleman attorney Joe Friedberg has been going over the existence of clerical errors or out-of-date entries in the state's voter-registration database. Poser has said the system is reliable overall, but the Coleman camp is trying to leverage the existence of errors into demonstrating that the admission or rejection of absentee ballots was fundamentally broken.
At one point, Friedberg appeared to be on to something -- there are whole swaths of counties and precincts that still haven't entered in all the new registrations from Election Day, four months ago.
"Now why if you will, have the counties not finished inputting the data from Election Day?" Friedberg asked. "Just manpower problems?"
"Um, yes," Poser said, "and I believe they've also been answering other requests from the campaigns, data-practice requests that have also been interrupting their work."
You've got it: The Minnesota election system is broken, with a never-ending backlog of work preventing the input of voter data -- and it's this very disputed race that has done the job!