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Deer Hunters Urged to Vote by Absentee Ballot Now
Posted Date: 10/23/2012


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                                                    Deer Hunters Urged to Vote by Absentee Ballot Now

ST. PAUL, Minn.—October 23, 2012—The 2012 firearms deer season opener is November 3—the Saturday before Election Day. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie today urged hunters who plan to be away from their precinct on Election Day to vote by absentee. 

“Hunters who will be in deer camp and not in a voting booth on November 6 still have time to exercise their right to vote by voting absentee,” said Secretary of State Ritchie.

Eligible voters who want to vote by absentee ballot should apply for ballot materials as soon as possible or visit their county auditor’s office (or city clerk in some cases) to vote absentee in-person.  In-person absentee voting is offered during regular business hours Monday – Friday through November 5.  Extended office hours for in-person absentee voting are available Saturday, November 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Monday, November 5 until 5 p.m. 

Voters are encouraged to carefully read their absentee ballot instructions when completing their materials. Election officials are required to reject an absentee ballot if the form on the outer envelope is not completed entirely.

Absentee ballot materials are reviewed by absentee ballot boards within three to five days of receipt. If problems are discovered more than five days before the election, election officials will mail a replacement ballot to the voter.  If problems are discovered less than five days before the general election, election officials must attempt to notify voters by phone or e-mail.

Voters can use the Absentee Ballot Lookup to track the status of their absentee ballots. To use this online service or obtain additional information on voting absentee visit:

“The deer hunting opener is only a few days before Election Day,” said Secretary of State Ritchie.  “I encourage hunters to vote by absentee ballot before they head out to the woods.”  


Editor's note: Mark Ritchie is Minnesota's 21st Secretary of State. A downloadable press photograph is available at: