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Many see early voting as hard to manage and monitor, and therefore open to voter fraud.
They may not be sufficiently concerned about their party’s ability to field electable statewide candidates to be willing to change the primary date. They may need some particular persuasion from an organization that does care, to the tune of millions of campaign dollars — some of which flow into legislative campaign coffers.
The best argument for a June primary — higher turnout — also applies to early voting. Chamber of Commerce, take note.
Lori Sturdevant is an editorial writer and columnist. Her blog is Minnesota Matters.
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