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Ramsey County voters can drop their ballots off at Allianz Field

The Minnesota United is opening up Allianz Field next week for voters to return their absentee ballots.

Voters in Ramsey County will be able to drop off their absentee ballots at Allianz Field in St. Paul. 

Minnesota United said Thursday that it has partnered with Ramsey County on a ballot return location starting Thursday, Oct. 29.

“We’re honored to have Allianz Field be a ballot drop-off location for Ramsey County, and to serve the second-largest county in the state,” Minnesota United CEO Chris Wright said. “It is so important to provide accessible voting options to registered voters, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and we believe Allianz Field is easily accessible to our community, whether via car, light rail, bus or on foot.”

Voters will be able to drop off their completed ballots at the Brew Hall at Allianz Field or at a curbside location on Shields Avenue. The ballot returns will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Oct. 29-30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 31 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 2.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Those who go to Allianz Field to return their ballot will be required to wear a mask indoors (free masks will be available, and if someone refuses they'll be directed to Lot C to return their ballot) and there will be social distance queues with hand sanitizer. 

“We’re grateful for this partnership with Minnesota United to offer Allianz Field as a safe and easily accessible location for Ramsey County voters to return their absentee ballots in person,” said Ramsey County Board Chair Toni Carter. 

This effort aligns with Ramsey County’s ongoing commitment to increasing access to voting and ensuring that everyone has a voice in deciding the direction of their community and country, which has become even more critical during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

More info on voting absentee

Allianz Field is not the only place Ramsey County voters can return their ballots in-person. Here's a list of all the locations and times they're open. There are also several places people can vote in-person prior to the election day – find those places here

For voters who don't live in Ramsey County, in-person voting locations and ballot drop-off places can be found on your county's election website.

Absentee voting and early in-person voting are popular options among Minnesotans this year due to the pandemic. 

In Ramsey County, elections officials have sent out 174,950 ballots (this includes absentee ballots and early in-person ballots) and has so far accepted 92,557 ballots, the county website says

Statewide, as of Oct. 9, 1,321,862 people applied to vote from home, and 601,094 ballots have already been accepted, Secretary of State Steve Simon says. At this point in 2016, just over 280,000 people had applied to vote from home. 

For more information on where and how to vote or to check the status of your absentee ballot, visit the Secretary of State's website here.

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