So far, the numbers have indicated that Minnesotans are on board in making the shift to voting by mail. As of Friday, the Secretary of State reported that 207,835 absentee ballot applications had been received. That compares to 8,964 applications at the same point in 2016.
Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon’s decision to strike deals with two groups suing Minnesota over the state’s witness requirement for absentee ballots drew quick criticism from Republicans, who called the deals an end-run around the Legislature by a DFL secretary of state and friendly plaintiffs.
The main target of the suits is the state law requiring an absentee voter to have another registered voter witness the voting process — and the voter’s ballot signature.
More than 400 prople cast ballots on first day of voting for the Aug. 14 primary.
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DFL pushes early voting and no-excuse absentee voting, but Dayton’s insistence on bipartisan bills looms large
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 b