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Military, Overseas Voters Reminded to Use New Online Tool to Request Absentee Ballot
Posted Date: 10/28/2013

Contact: Nathan Bowie (651) 297-8919

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — With Election Day approaching on November 5, Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie is reminding military and overseas voters that they may request an absentee ballot online at

The service allows voters to apply for an absentee ballot quickly and easily without the need to print, scan forms, and return by mail, fax or email.

“This tool better connects our Minnesota servicemen and servicewomen and others overseas to the elections back here at home,” says Ritchie. “We are proud to provide an easy, efficient and secure online system to help these groups get involved and vote.”

View and share the tool online at

Register to Vote on Election Day November 5
Eligible voters may register at their polling place on Election Day as long as the voter can provide proof of residence, which could include many options, including: valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, Minnesota ID card, valid student ID card with photo, and more. Learn all the options for proofs of residence needed to register on Election Day.

Election Day November 5
There are 35 municipalities across the state holding elections November 5 for various city officers, and more than 100 school districts holding elections for school board members and/or have ballot questions. View list of municipalities and school districts holding elections.

Visit to Prepare for Election Day
Minnesotans are encouraged to prepare for Election Day November 5 by visiting to check registration, find polling places, view sample ballots and more.