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SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State reports that 18,581 absentee ballots have been distributed to voters to-date for the August 12 Primary Election. Of those, 9,208 absentee ballots have been returned and accepted compared to 6,014 at this in time in 2012 and 10,088 in 2010. Absentee ballots must be returned no later than Primary Election Day.
This election year, Minnesota voters will head to the polls to decide a U.S. Senate seat, all of Minnesota’s eight U.S. House seats, as well as governor and other state officers, and all Minnesota State House seats. The 2014 election will also include many county commissioners, county sheriffs, county attorneys, auditors, treasurers and recorders.
“It’s important for Minnesota to have engaged and informed voters to drive participation and increase turnout,” says Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. “No excuse absentee balloting and the ability to request absentee ballots online can help to further such engagement.”
For the first time, Minnesota voters can vote absentee without the need to provide an excuse, such as being ill or out of the precinct on Election Day. Voters may request an absentee ballot to be mailed to them through a new online tool at mnvotes.org, eliminating the need to print, scan forms, and return by mail, fax or email. A similar tool for military and overseas voters was introduced in September 2013.
Upon requesting an absentee ballot, voters may use “Absentee Ballot Lookup” to find the status of their ballot, such as when it was mailed, and if their completed ballot was received and accepted by their local elections office. Mail ballot voters may also use this tool.
Voters can also vote early with an absentee ballot in person at their county elections office or local elections office up to the day before the Primary Election.
Learn more about absentee voting at mnvotes.org: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=211.
More Voter Tools at mnvotes.orgVoters are encouraged to visit mnvotes.org for other helpful online tools, including:
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About the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of StateThe Secretary of State is the chief election official in Minnesota and is responsible for the administration of the state’s election law. In this capacity, the office operates the Statewide Voter Registration System and prepares the official roster of voters for every election. The office also accepts filings by candidates, trains local election officials, and conducts voter education and outreach programs.
The Secretary of State is the keeper of the Great Seal of Minnesota and has the role of certifying the authenticity of a wide variety of official documents, including proclamations and executive orders.
A main function of the office is the review, approval and filing of articles of incorporation and amendments for all businesses and nonprofit organizations conducting business in Minnesota. The Secretary of State also processes all notary public applications; serves as the state’s central filing system for lien information related to the Uniform Commercial Code; and administers Safe at Home, an address confidentiality program designed to assist Minnesotans who fear for their safety.
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