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Controversial voting changes shelved at Minnesota Capitol as legislators seek compromise



A voter dropped her ballot in the ballot box at the Hennepin County Government Center before the 2020 election.

Republicans' push for voter ID and a provisional ballot system appears to have failed at the Minnesota Capitol, and Democrats' hopes to expand voter access and felon voting rights have fallen by the wayside, too.

A deal on the bill that helps fund elections - among many other aspects of state government - leaves out controversial voting provisions that have been sources of contention in Minnesota and across the country.

"In the end, I think neither side was 100% happy with it, but I think that's when you get to a good compromise," Rep. Michael Nelson, DFL-Brooklyn Park, the lead House negotiator on the bill, said Wednesday. "No one is claiming victory."


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