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COVID-19 sparks 'tidal wave' of mail-in ballots across Minnesota


August 3, 2020

Glen Stubbe – Star Tribune

Laurie Mattila added a completed box of ballots to the stack of outgoing mail. Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services has sent out over 85,000 ballots at a rate of 2,500 per day. In 2016 they mailed a total of 3,000.

Susan Truesdell, a mother of two from Champlin, is planning to stray from her typical voting routine this year.

"With concerns of COVID I have been avoiding taking them to public places as much as I can," she said of her two children, ages 3 and 5.

And after the 37-year-old read about the "horror stories of other states closing polling locations," she said she didn't want to risk that happening in Minnesota. So she and her husband, Justin, completed the online absentee application July 23 and received ballots within a week.


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