A bill for early voting will be heard in the Minnesota senate elections committee today, KSTP reports.
Early voting, along with changing Minnesota's absentee voting system, are two of the changes being vetted to increase access to the polls for Minnesotans, who really do like to vote.
As might be expected, the voter restriction folks aren't happy about these proposed changes, since they see an election system filled with so much fraud that people whose values differ from their own actually manage to vote and get elected to office. How awful that the Minnesota majorities produced during elections are ceded to the Democratic Party.
The group sent out this message to supporters on January 28, Bill Will Loosen Up Absentee Voting Laws, calling no-excuse absentee voting a surrogate for early voting:
On Thursday, the House Elections Committee chaired by Rep. Steve Simon (D-Hopkins) will hear a bill (HF193) that will create no-excuse absentee voting as a surrogate for (or perhaps in addition to) another “early voting” proposal. That means, anyone can obtain and cast an absentee ballot for any or no reason. . . .
Read the rest on the Minnesota Majority site. Earlier in January, when given ten minutes to testify at the "open mic" before the committee on January 22, McGrath didn't raise any objections to no-excuse absentee voting (full audio here).
Here's the excerpt of the January 22 audio, of the only moment where McGrath mentioned no-excuse absentee voting. In this testimony, he didn't raise any objections, while noting how absentee voting maintains what he believes to be election integrity:
It's not as if he didn't know that no-excuse proposals were in the air.
Read about the scary hearing on thr bill in James Nord's First election-change bill would offer 'no-excuse' absentee voting at MinnPost, where it's clear that Chairman Simons and others don't see this bill as a stealth hearing, however much McGrath found it to be a totally awesome opportunity to fearmonger to his base.
Bluestem doubts that it won't be long until the rest of Minnesota Majority's cartoonish vision of voter fraud hell shows up again.
But given the effect of the group's ALEC-inspired amendment last year in helping to bring voters to the polls to say enough of this malarkey, perhaps the state DFL executive committee should move to make a modest charitable donation to Minnesota Majority in recognition of the great work they do.
Cartoon by Ken Avidor of Minnesota Majority's Dan McGrath.
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