Mail-in ballots are new minefield

  • Article by: ADAM LIPTAK , New York Times
  • Updated: October 6, 2012 - 9:44 PM

More voters are using the method, but the ballots are less likely to be counted.

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ninetyninerOct. 6, 12 8:08 PM

Great, another Bush V Gore in the making. First it was hanging chads, now it'll be absentee ballots. If it's a close race, expect the activist rightwing Supreme Court to takeover and give the race to the Republican.

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wildfoxOct. 6, 12 9:52 PM

It appears that if you want your vote counted you better show up in person on election day ... hopefully. USA needs to adopt uniform election laws for all states, have representatives of both parties present when counting ballots, huge fines and jail time for any public officials caught not counting legitimate votes. What in the world is happening to our country?

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mnnice33Oct. 7, 12 1:46 AM

I am always saddened when reading the commentaries on almost any subject. It is really a problem in this country that everything has to be so we vs. they on every problem we face as individuals, in families our city state or nation. Seems like we have lost sight as a society of some of the old common sense our grandparents taught us like "success comes when we look for solutions rather than blame".

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roscoe2511Oct. 7, 12 5:40 AM

Absentee voting is the greatest opportunity for fraud it says. I'm sure voter ID will fix it all..... because it will simply disenfranchise them all.

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jsmart05Oct. 7, 12 8:34 AM

More than 47,000 Minnesota voters have no physical polling place and must vote by mail-in ballot.......or go to the courthouse and vote absentee ballot. Add to that the number of absentee voters and remember this when you go to the polls and vote for the photo ID amendment.

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cg49423Oct. 7, 12 9:05 AM

Gee, I seem to recall the Al Franken campaign being able to persuade a Federal Judge to have around 15,000 absentee ballots withheld from being counted during the Franken/Coleman election.

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highlife75Oct. 7, 1210:02 AM

I voted absentee for the first time this year. Not sure what grade level they made the instructions understandable to, maybe 3 or 4th grade? If you can not follow the very simple instructions to cast a valid mail in ballot, you deserve to not have your vote counted!

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drichmnOct. 7, 1210:38 AM

"Gee, I seem to recall the Al Franken campaign being able to persuade a Federal Judge to have around 15,000 absentee ballots withheld " .... Your recollection is wrong. First, no federal judges were involved in the recount. And second, Franken wanted all of the rejected absentee ballots reviewed while Coleman wanted none of them reviewed. Coleman even filed a lawsuit to stop the counties from reviewing them but he lost. After they were reviewed and additional absentee ballots were identified that could be counted, Franken wanted them all counted and Coleman did not. It was Coleman who was trying to limit the number of absentee ballots from being counted not Franken. And it was Coleman who challenged about 3 times more regular ballots than Franken.

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wallyworldmnOct. 7, 1210:39 AM

Early and absentee voting are generally the result of lazy voters that can't be bothered to go to the polls like the rest of us. Of course, I am not referring to those with true disabilities or the armed forces. I am referring to those that simply don't want to wait in line because their time is "too important". I know too many people that vote by mail for this reason and we need to get back to a system that requires some effort. Freedom isn't free.

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mylittleidOct. 7, 1210:44 AM

Fritz Knaak, Norm Coleman's lawyer, said his team was looking for fraud, but found none. When asked about illegal voting in Minnesota and if there was a need for further action by law enforcement or the legislature, Knaak said no, and added that “…If you learn anything about the system, it’s transparent, it’s remarkably thorough...”

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