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Franken Lawyer: Coleman Accuses Us Of Disenfranchising People He's Thrown Out!

Meanwhile, there is some hope that these proceedings could speed up soon. The three-judge panel has ordered the campaigns to file briefs arguing in clear terms whether they regard specific categories of rejected absentee votes as having been legally cast and worthy of counting -- for example, if a voter gave a different address on the ballot return envelope versus what was on their application form.

The court will be hearing oral arguments on these categories tomorrow afternoon, and could come down with some solid rulings on what kinds of votes will or won't get in.

This wouldn't, however, definitively answer the questions of whether individual ballots will be included. Even with established categories, there will still be plenty of room to argue over whether a ballot qualifies for the category. But it will at least set the terms of the debate, and that can go a long way towards making this easier.