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September 22, 2014

State accepts 70,000 absentee ballots, mail-in voters face risk

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie announced Thursday that about half of absentee ballots issued have been returned and accepted.

More than 140,000 voters requested absentee ballots and 70,899 were returned and accepted, according to a news release.

Absentee voting began Sept. 21. FOX9 says Ritchie expects ten percent of all Minnesota voters, about 300,000 people, to vote absentee in a presidential year.

Joe Mansky served as elections administrator for the Secretary of State’s Office for 15 years and is currently Ramsey County’s elections administrator.

Mansky tells MPR that there is a greater chance that a voter’s ballot won’t be counted when voting absentee because it’s easier to make mistakes. If a ballot is not signed or the form is filled out incorrectly, the election judges are forced to reject it.