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Every voice counts: Making it easier for military voters to get an absentee ballot

May 23, 2016

A new reform pushed by Secretary Simon now makes it easier for military and overseas voters to get an absentee ballot application!

Requests for an absentee ballot application by military and overseas voters will now extend through the next general election or the current calendar year, whichever is greater. Previously, when a military or overseas voter requested an absentee ballot application, Minnesota law only kept the request active through the end of the current calendar year. As a result, an absentee ballot application requested by a military or overseas voter in late 2015, clearly intended for the November 2016 general election, expired at the end of 2015.

We should be doing everything we can to make it easier, not harder, for our military and overseas citizens to vote!


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