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View Diary: Franken's motion to amend his Counterclaims (34 comments)

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  •  Improvements (0+ / 0-)

    My understanding is that Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is developing plans to obtain feed-back from county election officials and other key stakeholders for how the process can be improved and will at some point be making recommendations to the state legislature for changes for those improvements that will require legislative action.  I do not know the details of the process, but I would not be surprised if he were also in contact with the Minnesota Supreme Court (and maybe its Chief Justice) for feedback and suggestions.

    •  here's one suggestion (2+ / 0-)

      Sounds like a great idea.  Here's one suggestion.  I'm not in MN, so if you like it, please feel free to pass it on.

      If an absentee voter's ballot is rejected, then the voter is automatically sent a letter stating the reason(s) for the rejection.  If the voter wants to challenge the rejection, the voter must sign and return a challenge form within a specified deadline.

      Only the voter (not the candidates) can initiate a challenge.  The candidates would not at this stage be given the names on the rejected ballots, so they would not even be able to contact the voters.  Later, in court, the attorney's for the candidates, or the voter's personal attorney or the voter themselves (as they chose) would be able to argue why their vote should be counted--but only if the challenge is first initiated by the voter within the deadline.

      This would protect the primary interest--the voter's right to have their vote counted (if they so choose), while keeping the process manageable and preventing the candidates from turning it into a circus.  It would prevent what is happening now--a shifting "universe" of rejected absentee ballots for the court to consider--and it would prevent what has already happened--the candidates arguing one way when they are behind/ahead and then flip-flopping when the lead changes.

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