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By Ann Markusen
Community Columnist 

The case for restoring polling places for Carlton County voters


March 15, 2019

Early this year, we had problematic elections in State Senate District 11. In Carlton County alone, 400 voters’ ballots mailed to the courthouse were not received by the primary election deadline. And more than 100 mail and absentee ballots arrived too late for the Feb. 5 general election. These special elections were required because Governor Walz appointed the district’s senator, Tony Lourey, as Minnesota’s Commissioner of Human Services. Our election officials — auditor Paul Gassert in the case of Carlton County —followed the law. It required a quick turnaround so our senate se...

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