Ventura, Pawlenty, Dayton, Walz unite for message ahead of Election Day

With all the mail-in ballots, results may be delayed.
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Minnesota's past and current governors are reminding Minnesotans that this year's election results might not be available on Election Day as in past years.

Gov. Tim Walz and former governors Mark Dayton, Tim Pawlenty and Jesse Ventura teamed up on a bipartisan public service announcement to call for civility and decency around the upcoming election, noting with so many people voting by mail due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a clear winner may not be declared on election night. 

The governors are not the only ones reminding voters that results may not be available on election night. The FBI in September said "State and local officials typically require several days to weeks to certify elections’ final results in order to ensure every legally cast vote is accurately counted. The increased use of mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 protocols could leave officials with incomplete results on election night."

The agency warned that this could lead to the spreading of false information following the election in order to discredit the election process, so people should "critically evaluate" the source of their information. 

In the PSA, the governors say Minnesota has one of the safest and most secure election systems in the country and if it takes longer to verify a winner it just means the system is working and every ballot is being counted. 

Election officials encouraged Minnesotans to send in their absentee ballots by mail by Tuesday so it can arrive by Election Day, but any ballot that is postmarked by Election Day and arrives within seven days after Nov. 3 will be counted. 

Ballots can also be dropped off in person until 3 p.m. on Election Day at your local election office. Find yours here

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