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Ramsey County Judge Kathleen Gearin tells the state Canvassing Board that it does not have authority to review each rejected absentee ballot in the U.S. Senate race. The other four members agreed, but some said local officials need to look over rejected ballots to see if any should be counted. staff photo by Don Davis

Board rejects Franken absentee ballot request

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ST. PAUL - They should be considered, but not by us.

That was the state Canvassing Board's message Wednesday when it turned down a request by Al Franken's campaign to include rejected absentee ballots in Minnesota's U.S. Senate recount.

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