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Minnesota secretary of state proposes election changes because of COVID-19


Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon unveiled legislation Wednesday to expand mail-in voting and reduce in-person polling places during the coronavirus pandemic, which could stretch into the summer and fall elections.

Simon's proposal, presented during a virtual meeting of the Minnesota House Subcommittee on Elections, would make "temporary, one-time" changes that would automatically send registered voters mail-in ballots and allow extra time for election administrators to process the votes. Simon said the changes would be in effect only during the peacetime state of emergency declared by Gov. Tim Walz and that witnesses would be required for voting in order to combat fraud.


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