By Kristen Miller
Won’t be able get to the polls on Election Day?
Absentee voting is now open, and will continue through Monday, Nov. 5, the day before the general election.
Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie estimates nearly 30,000 Minnesotans will vote by absentee ballot this election and offers a new online ballot tracking tool.
Eligible voters may cast absentee ballots for one of the following reasons absence from the precinct, observance of religious discipline or holiday, illness or disability, serving as an election judge in another precinct, or when an emergency is declared by the governor or a quarantine is declared by the federal or state government.
In Meeker County, voters may vote absentee at the Meeker County Auditor’s Office, fourth level of the Meeker County Courthouse, 325 Sibley Avenue North, Litchfield, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
In Wright County, voters may vote absentee at the Wright County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 10 Second Street NW, Room 230, in Buffalo.
In-person absentee voting will also take place Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 at both Meeker and Wright county courthouses.
Absentee applications can be obtained in various locations including on the auditors’ websites or at www.mnvotes.org.
It is important to note that military and overseas voters have different absentee balloting procedures. Information is available for these voters at: https://minnesota.overseasvotefoundation.org.
To ensure that an absentee ballot is successfully cast and counted, voters must follow the instructions received with the ballot and fill out the required forms completely.
Voters can also use the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State’s online tool to check the status of their absentee ballots at www.mnvotes.org.
Voters with questions can contact their respective county auditor.