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Republican Norm Coleman, center, listens along with attorney Tony Trimble during Tuesday questioning of Carver County election official Kendra Sue Olson in the Senate election trial. Pool photo by Chris Polydoroff, Pioneer Press

Signatures key Senate trial issue

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ST. PAUL - The absentee application was signed "B Weitenbach" and the ballot envelope was signed "William Alan Weitenbach."

With that difference - one a full name, the other shorthand for Bill Weitenbach - the Elk River man's vote was excluded from Minnesota's November election.


"I suspect that it was because of the signature," Weitenbach concluded during testimony in the U.S. Senate election trial.

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