WILLMAR - The reasons why 16 absentee ballots were rejected in Kandiyohi County during the general election were confirmed this morning.
As part of the state recount for the U.S. Senate seat, two certified election judges representing two different political parties agreed that the ballots were legitimately rejected in November.
After examining each ballot, they were sorted into categories of rejection.
Eight of the 16 were rejected because the individuals weren't registered and hadn't included a voter registration application in the envelope.
Four were rejected because the voter's name and address on the return envelope were not the same as the absentee ballot application. It's suspected that some of those were college students who put their Kandiyohi County address on the application form but their college address on the envelope.
Two were rejected because the signatures didn't match and two were rejected because the individual had voted at the polls.
County Auditor Sam Modderman will send the report to the state for the canvassing board to review.