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In New Opinion, Minnesota Election Court Seriously Damages Coleman's Chances

The court rejected Coleman's contention that swaths of citizens have been unjustly denied their votes: "The court is confident that although it may discover certain additional ballots that were legally cast under relevant law, there is no systemic problem of disenfranchisement in the state's election system, including in its absentee-balloting procedures."

The court also walked back an approach they'd previously been looking at -- that a ballot could be accepted if any non-compliance by the voter could be blamed on an election official failing to instruct or correct them. Instead, they say full compliance is needed for the categories laid out here.

Next, they don't just reject categories of ballots as having been illegally cast, but they singled out a specific voter that Coleman brought forward as a witness. The court identifies Douglas Thompson -- who admitted in court that his girlfriend forged his signature on the ballot application, but was demanding his vote be counted because he signed the ballot envelope -- as an example of an illegally cast vote that shall not be counted.

And in perhaps the cruelest cut of all, the court embraced Coleman's approach of adopting categories of ballots -- for the purposes of eliminating them: "Although the Court rejects the categories initially proposed by Contestants, it nonetheless believes that trial in this matter can be streamlined by ruling that certain categories of ballots are not legally cast as a matter of law."