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Special elections need tweaking

Our View


February 8, 2019

We have a real gem in Carlton County Auditor Paul Gassert. As an elected official, Gassert shows his dedication to the public in many ways.

So we don’t assign any blame to the auditor for the mail-in ballot debacle in this past special election cycle.

Gassert opened his office last Saturday before the election and kept his office open late on election day to accommodate voters, especially voters who typically mail in their ballots. That’s required by Minnesota law.

But the law also allocates just 35 days between the Governor’s call for a special election and the actual election day. T...

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