A key Minnesota House Committee today approved a bill that aims to make it easier for Minnesotans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The measure had bipartisan support, but some last-minute changes from the majority DFL leadership rankled Republican lawmakers, like Representative Jim Nash of Waconia…

“This was literally a change of the game, or a game of three-card monte where leadership decided they were gonna shuffle up the walnut shells and try to take it out from underneath us.”

One key point of contention: allowing up to three days for local election officials to count mail-in absentee votes. Of that, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon said…

“That is a shiny object that we should not let deter us from this heavily negotiated and thoroughly bipartisan compromise.”

The bill would expand voting by mail in Minnesota’s August primary and the November general election.