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Olmsted County election officials went extra mile to avoid rejected absentee ballots

If all election officials were as accommodating as those in Olmsted County, maybe we wouldn’t have so many rejected absentee ballots plaguing the recount.

The Rochester Post Bulletin reports that election officials there contacted many voters whose ballots had minor errors and got many corrected before Election Day.

Such problems as forgotten signatures or conflicting addresses were resolved before the ballots could be rejected on Election Day.

Of course, the county still had to reject some ballots — 334 for various reasons.

Beth Fraser, director of government affairs for the Minnesota secretary of state, said the state policy is that if a ballot is rejected more than five days before the election, a replacement ballot must be mailed out.

But calling voters to point out the problems goes above and beyond, she said.

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