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Voters urged to mail ballots this week for August primary

Ballots must be postmarked on or before the primary election on Aug. 11 and received in the mail by Aug. 13 to count

Government agencies are urging Minnesota residents who want to vote by mail to send in their ballot by tomorrow to be counted on time. 

Ballots will be counted as long as they are postmarked by the primary election on Aug. 11 and received by Aug. 13. The city of Minneapolis issued a statement today advising residents to mail ballots on Tuesday for "the best chance for those ballots to be postmarked and delivered in time to be counted."

Earlier this week, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon told the Star Tribune he recommends that voters send it in by Aug. 6 to allow one week for delivery and counting. 

If you want to go the extra mile to get your vote counted on time (or if you are getting close to the deadline later this month), voters can drop off ballots at their local elections office. 

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Because of the pandemic, many local government authorities have joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in encouraging voting early by mail. 

Minnesota voters have requested 10 times as many absentee ballots than they did in the 2016 primary. As of Friday, around 545,830 absentee ballots had been requested. 

More information about voting can be found at the Minnesota Secretary of State website

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