Panel hears absentee voters testify

Witness Gerald Anderson
Gerald Anderson, left, testifys about his ballot that was rejected as he appeared before the Senate recount trial Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009 in St. Paul, Minn.
Pool Photo/Jim Mone

The three-judge panel hearing Republican Norm Coleman's election contest heard testimony Tuesday from a half dozen people who testified about their uncounted absentee ballots.

The trial moved into its second day Tuesday.

The Coleman campaign had six individuals such as 75-year-old Gerald Anderson from Como Park testify about their individual uncounted ballots.

Gerald Anderson testifies
Gerald Anderson, in green background right, testifys during the Senate recount trial Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009 in St. Paul, Minn. At table, right, is Republican Norm Coleman.
Pool Photo/Jim Mone

Anderson said he didn't know his absentee ballot had been rejected until a Republican Party representative called him two weeks ago.

"I couldn't believe this could happen in America, that they could take my vote away from me. But they did. They did, and as far as I know they haven't given it back to me. Well I want it back I'm entitled to my vote," Anderson said.

Democrat Al Franken's attorney Marc Elias said there may be individuals whose rejected votes should have been counted but one story doesn't mean thousands of votes should be recounted.

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