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Emergency workers and volunteers heading to East Coast to assist with Hurricane Sandy should plan to vote before they go, if possible
Posted Date: 10/29/2012


Contact: Pat Turgeon
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Secretary of State Mark Ritchie: Emergency workers and volunteers heading to East Coast to assist with Hurricane Sandy should plan to vote before they go, if possible

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Oct. 29, 2012 - With the deployment of Minnesotans to the East Coast to assist with the emergency response to Hurricane Sandy, Secretary of State Mark Ritchie reminded these workers and volunteers to vote absentee-in-person before they leave or to request an absentee ballot that must be received by Minnesota election officials by mail before the end of the business day next Tuesday, November 6.

Prior to departure, eligible Minnesota voters should visit their county courthouse or city clerk’s office 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. Eligible voters who want to vote by absentee ballot by the mail-in process should apply for ballot materials as soon as possible. They can find absentee voting information at

“We want to make sure every eligible Minnesota voter can vote. My office is contacting emergency response organizations, utility companies and relevant government agencies to ensure that those who have already departed and others who are being mobilized can vote. We will keep the media updated to ensure that all eligible Minnesota voters responding to Hurricane Sandy have an opportunity to vote,” said Ritchie.