Press Release, 5:10PM Dec.10th: Non-Partisan Coalition Calls for a count of all properly cast ballots

The League of Women Voters Minnesota (LWVMN), Common Cause Minnesota, and Citizens for Election Integrity Minnesota (CEIMN) Non-Partisan Coalition ("the Non Partisan Coalition") calls for Minnesota's election officials to count every properly cast ballot in the 2008 election. All absentee ballots rejected in error must be included in the final vote tally to ensure the accuracy of the outcome.

The Non-Partisan Coalition believes Minnesota's election officials are best suited to determine the mechanics to resolve this issue. It is imperative to the citizens of Minnesota that every legitimate vote is counted. Where a voter properly completed an absentee ballot, that vote should not be invalidated by operation or error of election officials.

We encourage the canvass board to speak with one voice and send a clear message to Minnesota voters that the purpose of the board is to ensure the integrity of this election. Partisan politics must not take priority over counting each and every legitimate vote.

The purpose of the Non-Partisan Coalition, as good government organizations, is to ensure that the election process is conducted in a fair and transparent a manner.

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League of Women Voters Minnesota, Common Cause Minnesota, and Citizens
for Election Integrity Minnesota are nonpartisan political organizations
committed to election fairness and transparency.