Early voting begins today

Published 8:53 am Friday, September 21, 2018

SAINT PAUL — Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon announced on Thursday that the start of voting for the 2018 General Election begins Friday. This year’s primary election saw near-record voter participation, with 925,554 Minnesotans casting ballots, the most since at least 1950.

In addition to leading the nation in voter turnout, Minnesota has the longest early voting period of any state in the country.

“Minnesotans enjoy the longest early voting period – 46 days – of any state in the nation,” Simon said. “We saw record numbers of early voting and total voter participation during the primary. It’s clear to me that Minnesotans of all political leanings are fired up to vote in 2018 and keep Minnesota number one in the nation in voter participation.”

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Minnesota voters can request an absentee ballot quickly and easily at mnvotes.org using the online application.

Voters can also request an absentee ballot by downloading the “2018 Minnesota Absentee Ballot Application” and returning it to their county election office by email, mail, or fax. Absentee Ballot application forms are available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, Lao, Oromo, Khmer and Amharic

Voters can request an absentee ballot even if they are not registered to vote; a voter registration application will be provided with their ballot.

Minnesotans voting absentee by mail must make sure their ballot is returned on or before the Nov. 6 General Election. Ballots returned after November 6 will not be counted. The last day to vote absentee in-person is Monday, Nov. 5.

Minnesotans serving in the military or living abroad—temporarily or indefinitely—can have an absentee ballot sent to them anywhere in the world.

Beginning Sept. 21, upon requesting an absentee ballot, voters may check 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.

The vote-from-home and early voting period for all Federal, State, Judicial, and County Offices runs from Sept. 21, 2018, until Nov. 5, 2018. In-person Election Day voting will take place throughout Minnesota on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.

Anyone can go to mnvotes.org to check their eligibility, register to vote, or to locate their county or city election office.