Absentee ballots — potential for fraud

To the editor:

I am concerned about the change to voting-by-mail in my precinct and others.

My husband, adult sons, and I recently received our primary ballots and will be completing them soon. But we also received a ballot for the tenant who lived above our garage until last November. Other than our own consciences, what would keep us from completing his ballot and mailing it in?

We know that he has moved out of state. Who would ever know?

I am concerned about the lack of guidance from the secretary of state about how to handle such situations. It seems there should be a clear procedure to follow for receiving ballots in this and other situations such as deceased family members. I have not found one. Can anyone tell me what it is?

Additionally, there is a check-box for me to certify that I meet all the legal requirements for voting. If those who designed the ballot were serious about this question, I would expect a list of those requirements or at least a link for finding them.

For others who are curious, I found this page: www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/register-to-vote/who-can-vote/.

Jennifer Rabaey



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