Records broken as early voting gets underway in Minnesota

There's huge interest in casting ballots early.
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In case you didn't know, you can now cast your ballot for this year's mid-term elections.

Early voting opened on Friday, and there are already reports of a surge in interest among people who want to make their picks now rather than heading to the polls on Nov. 6.

A record was broken in Minneapolis, where as of 10 a.m. the city had prepared 10,014 absentee ballots for mailing.

That's a 30 percent increase on the 7,623 who applied by the same time in 2016 – remarkable considering that was a presidential election year – and a 130 percent increase on the 4,340 who applied at the last mid-terms in 2014.

It follows a similar surge in early voting interest ahead of the primaries in August, which saw the most early votes cast since it became legal in. Minnesota in 2013.

Minnesota, along with South Dakota, is the first state in the country to open up voting ahead of the mid-term.

How can I vote early?

Minnesotans have the choice to either vote in-person at their local county election office, or apply for an absentee ballot to send the vote in by mail.

If you want to vote in person, you can find your local county election office here on the Secretary of State website.

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If you wish to vote via absentee ballot, you can apply for one right here on the SoS website.

Minnesota has "no-excuse" absentee voting, so you don't need to give a reason why you want to mail your vote in.

You do however have to register and be eligible to vote in Minnesota, provide an email address, and provide an ID number that's either a driver's license, Minnesota ID card, or last 4 digits of your social security number.

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