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Special election better, but not perfect

Secretary of State office responds to questions


February 8, 2019

Jana Peterson / Pine Knot News

Carlton County Auditor Paul Gassert looks at the vote total for the large pile of mail-in and absentee ballots for Tuesday's election. It took close to eight hours for a couple staff members to hand-count all those ballots.

There's no doubt that voters learned a lesson from the hundreds of mail-in ballots that didn't get to the Carlton County Courthouse in time to be counted in the primary election on Jan. 22.

Carlton County Auditor Paul Gassert said there was much greater "turnout" for Tuesday's election from citizens living in mail-in voting precincts versus the primary election on Jan. 22.

"By mail, but mostly in person," he said.

One woman even paid extra to have her mail-in ballot delivered by priority mail, according to Gassert, adding that many more voters actually drove to the courthouse with their mai...

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