SAINT PAUL, Minnesota: Secretary of State Mark Ritchie proposed a redesign of the state's absentee ballots in order to help reduce voter error. "While Minnesota's election system is considered one of the best in the nation, the 2008 election and recount experience yielded valuable lessons on how we can improve that system. Redesigning absentee ballot envelopes and instructions is a common-sense solution that helps to eliminate errors voters typically make that result in their ballots being rejected," said Ritchie. The recommended changes include: plain language and a clearer format, step-by-step illustrations, redundant instructions on the absentee envelopes, clear labeling and visual cues. A final decision on the ballot changes is expected in March 2010.
The proposed changes can be seen here.
* Laws governing direct democracy in Minnesota