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Common Cause Minnesota supports early voting, June primary and other election changes

Common Cause Minnesota, a nonprofit public policy group focusing on ethics and campaign finance reform, issued a report today saying that the stalled U.S.

Common Cause Minnesota, a nonprofit public policy group focusing on ethics and campaign finance reform, issued a report today saying that the stalled U.S. Senate campaign presents an opportunity to improve the state’s voting procedures.

It’s recommendations (PDF):

  • Early voting, like 32 other states, which would take some pressure off on Election Day and allow registration kinks to get worked out.
  • No-excuse absentee voting, not just for the four reasons now mentioned in state law, which have been cited over and over in the Senate recount.
  • Better election judge training. Tough to argue with that, except for the cost.
  • Move the primary to June, from September. Would allow more time between elections to resolve absentee ballot problems and would make for more competitive primaries, because parties and candidates sometimes think running in a primary hurts their chances in the general election just weeks later.
  • Better registration, maybe automatically when applying for a driver’s license.