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HF334 was heard in State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs and was laid over for possible inclusion in an omnibus bill.
(Published Mar 19, 2013)
On Monday night, Rep. Connie Bernardy (DFL-Fridley) presented her bill to establish early voting in Minnesota to the State Government Finance and Veterans Affairs committee. Beth Fraser from the Office of the Secretary of State explained to members how the bill would not replace absentee voting which is available 45 days before the election. If voters are unable to be at their polling place on Election Day and wish to vote in person absentee 15 days prior to the election, they would then early vote and immediately insert their ballot into the tabulator. (Elections results would not be available until polls close on Election Day.) Because absentee ballots require far more processing, in person early voting would save counties and cities time and money by eliminating several processing steps. As Joe Mansky of Ramsey County explained to the committee, absentee ballots require 22 individual actions; early voting processing would require nine.
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