William Mitchell Law Review

Publication Information

30 William Mitchell Law Review 397 (2003-2004)


This article addresses the legal and practical effects of Senator Wellstone's death and the court's absentee ballot decision in Erlandson v. Kiffmeyer. Part II discusses other, surprisingly common, instances when a candidate has died or withdrawn close to an election, and examines Minnesota's approach to pre-election vacancies. Part III explores the Erlandson decision and the facts giving rise to it. Part IV then analyzes the court's decision and the legislature's reaction to it. Finally, Part V concludes that if the state has an acknowledged goal of enfranchising absentee voters even after an unexpected, catastrophic event, then state law must be amended to better achieve this goal.