Becker County officials will not have to explain their unusual handling of a group of ballots in the U.S. Senate election trial.
Al Franken’s campaign today dropped its objection to the inclusion of 61 ballots from the northwestern Minnesota county in the Senate recount.
The Democrat’s campaign recently raised concerns about how county officials handled those ballots, which were misplaced for a few days beginning election night. The campaign also claimed it was not told of that problem until after the ballots were counted for the first time during the statewide recount.
That issue was among several Franken’s campaign had prepared to bring before the trial’s three-judge panel when it begins to make its case in the proceeding next week.