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Benson, Nessel say state’s ready to ensure safe polling places

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Record turnout is expected, along with an unprecedented amount of absentee voting, as the polls open Tuesday.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Election Day challenges include tamping down misinformation, and ensuring voters and poll workers can safely carry out their responsibilities without threats and disruptions.

“We’ve got a plan and a protocol in place to ensure they’re addressed swiftly so as to minimize any potential disruption and ensure that we prioritize that every vote counts, and every voter can cast their ballot.”  

Benson also said there will be efforts to cast doubt on the results even before the votes are tallied. She said it could be Thursday or Friday before all the ballots are counted.