Ritchie: 100,000 Minnesotans request absentee ballots

Even though Election Day is more than three weeks away, Minnesotans who can't vote in November are getting proactive about casting their ballots. According to Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, more than 100,000 voters in the state have requested absentee ballots, and about 41,000 have already returned them.
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Even though Election Day is more than three weeks away, Minnesotans who can't vote in November are getting proactive about casting their ballots.

According to Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, more than 100,000 voters in the state have requested absentee ballots, and about 41,000 have already returned them, the Pioneer Press reported.

Absentee balloting is available for residents who are not home on Election Day or can't vote because of various reasons including illness or disability, religious observance, an officially declared emergency or service as an election judge, said the Pioneer Press.

The Bemidji Pioneer also reported that a spike in absentee balloting in Beltrami County this year may be due to the state's deer hunting season, which opens Nov. 3.

Information on absentee voting can be found on the Secretary of State's website.

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