Voting by mail? You should post it by the end of Tuesday

Voters are advised to give the postal service as much time as possible to deliver ballots.

Voters planning on submitting absentee ballots through the mail are advised to post their ballots by the end of Tuesday, otherwise face a greater risk it doesn't arrive on time.

With funding concerns at the USPS and an increase in people voting absentee due to the pandemic, the USPS and officials in Minnesota recommend voters allow one week before Election Day to ensure their absentee ballot arrives on time.

Minnesota will count votes that arrive up to 7 days following Election Day provided they are postmarked by Nov. 3 at the latest, but officials would prefer they get there on time so they can be counted on Election Night.

But ensuring your mail ballot arrives in time is even more crucial now in Wisconsin, after the Supreme Court on Monday ruled against Democrats who had pushed for the state to count absentee ballots that arrive up to 6 days after Election Day, provided they have a Nov. 3 postmark.

That means ballots in Wisconsin must arrive by Nov. 3 at the latest in order for them to be counted. It's prompted calls for voters to submit their absentee ballots at local absentee drop boxes.

In Minnesota, once you've mailed your absentee ballot, you can track its status here to check whether it's arrived and been accepted.

And if you're concerned that your ballot won't arrived on time, you can drop it off in person at the county election office that sent your ballot (not your polling place) by 3 p.m. on Election Day. You can find your county election office here.

You can also drop them off at designated ballot drop off locations around the state. Minneapolis, for example, has 13 that you can find here. You can find drop off locations for St. Paul and Ramsey County here. 

Under Minnesota law, you can also drop off absentee ballots for up to three other voters, but you must show ID with a name and signature and can only do this once during each election.

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