STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER Election Notebook: Voter ID amendment takes spotlight
Debate about a proposed constitutional amendment requiring Minnesota voters to show photographic identification intensified Wednesday.
Among the disputes, the two sides of the question appearing on t... Posted on 10/24/12 at 5:42 PM
“This report shows a dramatic increase to the success rate for absentee ballot acceptance,” said Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. “The changes made by the legislature and our office have simplified the absentee voting process while protecting its integrity.”
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie recently announced that more than 100,000 Minnesota voters have requested absentee ballots. Of the ballots requested, 41,208 have already been returned by the voter and accepted.
The absentee voting period for the state primary election, which began June 29, will end August 13.
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie reminds voters to use the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State’s online tool to check the status of their absentee ballots.
The 20,000 or so Minnesotans voting via absentee ballots may seem insignificant, but given the results of the 2008 U.S. Senate race, which ended little more than a year ago after an extended battle over absentee ballots, they take on new importance this year.
Judges in the Senate election trial on Thursday ordered 63 counties and some cities to examine roughly 1,500 uncounted absentee ballot envelopes to determine whether voters mistakenly placed voter registration cards in the envelope.
Gordon Diekman and Ashley Secord-Holmes have a lot in common. Both are 2008 Jefferson High School graduates and first-year out-of-state college students. Both voted in their first election this year. And neither had their vote count.
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