Absentee ballot reforms are moving forward in Minnesota

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March 15, 2010

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota: In an effort to correct errors in future state elections, legislators are reviewing proposals to streamline the state's absentee ballot system. Last week the House approved legislation that would require each county to use a committee of local election officials for absentee ballots only. Each committee members would be trained to handle absentee ballots. Additionally, voters would be notified if their ballots were rejected and be allowed to recast their ballots should the rejection occurred five or more days prior to the election. The proposed legislation comes at the heels of the 2008 statewide election in which approximately 12,000 of 300,000 absentee ballots were rejected. Should the legislation be approved by lawmakers, voters would also be asked to write their driver's license numbers, state I.D. card numbers or last four digits of their social security number on the absentee ballots. Similar reforms were approved by the legislature in 2009 but were later vetoed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty. A final vote on the measure is expected this week.[1][2][3]

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