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Election ’02 Flash Bad, Bad

Extending the deadline would set a very bad precedent, allowing absentee voters to cast their votes after the physical polls close. Of course, there could be another motive. As Byron suggests, by stopping the current absentee ballot process, the DFL may be preparing to launch a second suit after the election, claiming disenfranchisement of absentee voters. But this is like the boy who kills his parents and then begs the court for sympathy because he is an orphan: in such a scenario, voters will have been disenfranchised by the DFL, and no one else. That might not be a disappointment for the DFL, however, for it appears that their political calculations may be predicated on maximizing the non-absentee vote, and minimizing the absentee vote.


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