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Absentee ballots becoming more popular in Minnesota

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie has delivered a legislatively-mandated statistical report relating to absentee voting in the 2012 general election. The report outlines legislative and administrative changes made to the absentee balloting process and the increase in successful absentee ballot submission due to those changes.

"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."

The report's data shows continued improvement to the success rate for absentee voters who submitted absentee ballots from 97.9 percent in 2010 to 99.1 persent in 2012. During the 2012 election, 140,000 more absentee ballots were submitted than in the 2010 election, further emphasizing the success of the absentee balloting reforms.

"Minnesota leads the nation in voting, but we must continue to fine tune the elections process using data to improve voter turnout and to protect the integrity of our elections system," said Secretary Ritchie. "This report highlights that process."

The full legislative report can be found in the Minnesota Legislative Reference Library.