State lawmakers are considering a bill that gives the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office one-time expanded authority to help ensure safe elections during the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill calls for expanded statewide mail ballots and absentee voting. Republican Representative Jim Nash from Waconia says he does not support the bill as it is…

“Because it’s going to provide for a lot of electioneering, and it does open the door for elections fraud.”

But Democratic Representative Raymond Dehn of Minneapolis says every election offers an opportunity for electioneering…

“I think moving to an absentee ballot to all Minnesota registered voters does not change the possibility of those happening beyond what currently exists.”

The bill also calls for a reduction in the number of polling places and extra time allotted for elections administrators to process ballots. Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon and lawmakers are trying to implement a plan to protect voters’ health during the COVID-19 pandemic.