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Minnesotans can start voting, here’s a video to show you how

You can cast your vote for the presidential election starting Friday.

Minnesota has early absentee voting. And for the first time in a presidential election, it’s “no excuse” meaning you don’t have to have any particular reason to do it.

Minnesota’s one of 27 states (and D.C.) that offers it.

There are a couple ways you can vote absentee.

In person

You can vote early in person at any county elections office. To find your office, click here.

Otherwise some cities have specific early voting locations. Click here to find those.

Either way, you’ll still have to register at some point.

Via mail

But if you don’t want to make a trip to an elections office, you can vote via mail.

You’ll have to request to have a ballot sent to you, though. Click here and fill out the form to get one, or go to an elections office and fill out an absentee ballot request there.

Once you get your ballot in the mail, just follow the instructions and fill it out. You’ll need someone – a registered Minnesota voter or notary – to act as a witness.

Just be sure to do it early enough so that your ballot is retuned by Nov. 8 (Election Day), otherwise it won’t be counted.

The Secretary of State recommends applying before Oct. 7 to be safe.

After you send it in, you can track your ballot on the Secretary of State’s website.

Voting on Election Day

Of course, you can always wait until Election Day to cast your ballot.

To do that, you’ll have to register to vote. Then, just visit your polling place on Nov. 8.

To find your area polling place, click here.

Be sure to check out our friends over at GoVoteMN for more election information, or visit the Secretary of State’s website here.

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