Elections bill could suppress Minnesota Voters

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A partisan Omnibus Elections Bill has passed a fourth committee and is on to the full Senate Finance Committee. The bill would impose provisional ballots in Minnesota for anyone with a challenged status at the polls. Sometimes a voter’s information can be incorrect at the polls or a voter can be mistaken for another person who is ineligible to vote. In these cases, a voter is allowed to testify under oath that they are eligible, and then cast their vote. The proposed bill would repeal this ability and require challenged voters to cast a provisional ballot. While most states have provisional ballots, Minnesota does not because same-day voter registration is available. In the 2012 Presidential Election, more than a  quarter of the provisional votes cast nationwide were never counted.