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Judge extends vote-by-mail changes prompted by coronavirus to November election

Due to virus, ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3, but they can arrive up to seven days after Election Day


August 4, 2020

Glen Stubbe – Star Tribune

Because of COVID-19, Minnesota is waiving the requirement to have a witness sign mail-in ballots.

A Minnesota judge Monday approved changes easing Minnesota absentee ballot rules during the coronavirus pandemic for the November general election.

An agreement approved by Ramsey County District Judge Sara Grewing allows voters to submit their mail-in or absentee ballots in the Nov. 3 general election without witness signatures. Election officials also will count ballots that arrive within seven days of the election, as long as they are postmarked by Nov. 3.

The changes are the result of an agreement between DFL Secretary of State Steve Simon and citizen groups that filed a lawsuit against the state, including the Minnesota Alliance for Retired Americans Educational Fund. Plaintiffs celebrated the decision as a win for voters worried about the health risks of voting in person during a pandemic.


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