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Seiben looks for changes in state election laws

The 2009 Minnesota Legislature, which begins at noon Jan. 6, may include a bit of election talk to go along with much discussion of how to solve the state's budget woes.

Of course, the state's U.S. Senate race probably will not be decided by the time lawmakers return to St. Paul, so such talk only will be natural.

"The 2008 election season brought forward some interesting electoral issues," Sen. Katie Sieben, DFL-Newport, said. "We will look at possible changes in election law that could make voting easier and more transparent for Minnesota voters. I look forward to the challenges of this committee assignment and serving as chair."

Sieben is the new chairwoman of the Senate subcommittee on elections.

One of the topics expected to arise is a change in the state's absentee voting law to make it more of an early-voting statute.