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Clay County Auditor-Treasurer Lori Johnson testifies Thursday during the Senate recount trial in St. Paul. Johnson could offer no reason why five ballots disappeared from Oakport Township after the November election. AP Photo/Jim Mone,Pool

Missing Clay County ballots end testimony in Senate recount trial


ST. PAUL -- Lori Johnson was a fitting final U.S. Senate trial witness because, like many other issues in the case, she left unanswered the main question attorneys asked.

The Clay County auditor-treasurer could offer no reason why five ballots disappeared from Oakport Township, just north of Moorhead, after the November election. In a way, those five ballots represent the entire 7-week-old Senate trial, with both candidates looking for ballots they can count.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.