MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) – Democrat Al Franken asked the state's Supreme Court Tuesday to order Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Democrat Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to sign the certificate of election that would validate the 225-vote lead he holds over former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman.
Pawlenty and Ritchie had each denied the request, saying Minnesota law prohibits them from signing off on the state canvassing board's final count until all election legal contests have been exhausted.
Coleman has filed suit over the canvassing board's count. No start date has been set for that trial.
Also Tuesday, more than 60 voters whose ballots were rejected filed a request, backed by Franken, that would order state officials to open and count each of their ballots because they claim it was rejected in error.
There was no word on action from the high court as of Wednesday morning.