County election officials across the metro area are scrutinizing dozens of voter registrations tied to commercial mail centers after a probe in Minneapolis revealed a loophole in the state’s election system. A new Star Tribune comparison of voter records and data from the U.S. Postal Service found that 95 voters were registered at the addresses of mail centers — such as UPS Stores — despite requirements that voters list their physical residence.
The findings show that illegal voter registration at mail centers extend beyond a Cedar-Riverside shopping center in Minneapolis, a previously unregistered center that became the target of a complaint when it was discovered that 141 would-be voters had registered there.
The Star Tribune’s inquiry unearthed a batch of private mail centers scattered from St. Cloud to Duluth that were previously unknown to several county election officials, who said they are now canceling or challenging voter registrations at those locations.