ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota state senators have filled in the bubble for early voting.
The DFL-led chamber passed a bill 39-28 Monday that would let Minnesotans cast ballots starting 15 days before federal, state and county elections. That window would close a few days before elections.READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will You See Another Relief Payment?
Sen. Katie Sieben says more than 30 states offer some form of early voting. The Newport Democrat says the provisions cut down on red tape and save local governments money.READ MORE: Ask Minneapolis Mayoral Candidates Your Burning Question
Minority Republicans tried unsuccessfully to strip early voting from Sieben’s larger election bill. The GOP-led House doesn’t support the measure, either.
Another election fight is brewing. Democrats want to let felons vote immediately after they’re released from prison. But Republicans want to keep current law, which keeps felons from voting until they serve their probation terms.MORE NEWS: Mohamed Noor Sentenced To 57 Months For Manslaughter In Justine Ruszczyk Damond’s Shooting Death
(© Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)