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Carver County OKs tweaks to election process

There will be two changes to the election process in Carver County for the upcoming 2022 election, according to the Sun Patriot.

Following extensive public debate about election integrity over three meetings this summer, commissioners on Tuesday, Aug. 16, adopted two resolutions that direct the changes.

One, there will be a drop slot for absentee ballots in the Carver County Government Center this election season. That comes in response to voter requests after 30-60-minute wait times to hand in ballots during peak times during the 2020 election when that option was not in place. Mail-in voting remains an option.

Two, to the extent possible, election judges from major party lists will be enlisted to conduct absentee ballot board tasks such as absentee ballot signature verification.

The county already uses self-identified party-affiliated election judges to serve on the absentee ballot board. It may continue to draw on them if not enough judges can be recruited from party-generated lists.

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