Ramsey County elections officials found 171 ballots that weren’t counted on election night. On MPR’s Midday, Ramsey County Elections director Joe Mansky said the ballots were found in a machine that broke down on election day. He said the machine was replaced but the ballots weren’t scanned through. The Associated Press is reporting that Democrat Al Franken picked up 37 votes from the newly found ballots.
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