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Minnesota Supremes: Please Help!

On page one of today’s Star Tribune, reporter Richard Meryhew opines on a point about the Senate recount that I have been harping on for some time. First, that the automatic hand recount is really a good thing, because it puts Minnesota’s much praised election system to the test. Do our voting machines work? Are the Election Night counts accurate? In short, can we trust our elections to be fair?

The answer, by and large, seems to be “yes.” Although some human errors were made in counting and securing ballots, the system seem to work pretty well. One big exception is the absentee ballots — something is clearly wrong when as many as 1,600 ballots that should have been counted are wrongfully rejected.

I’m hoping the the Minnesota Supreme Court will look beyond the narrow questions raised by the Coleman legal team and look to the larger — and more important — issue of fixing this problem as soon as possible, either by ruling from the bench, or directing the SOS or Legislature to pass new rules or laws for absentee voting. I think the simplest and best solution is to simply adopt an “early voting” mechanism, as other states have. What do you think?

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