COVID-19 to change voting operations in Minnesota

The coronavirus is changing the way we'll vote in the August primary and November election.

Posted: Apr 2, 2020 4:15 PM
Updated: Apr 2, 2020 5:32 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - The coronavirus is changing the way we'll vote in the August primary and November election.

The city of Rochester is already preparing for the adjustments.

City clerk Anissa Hollingshead says physical polling locations are expected to pose a health risk to voters even months down the line. So, mail boxes may become the new ballot box for many voters.

Hollingshead said, "In Minnesota we already have that option to vote by mail and we anticipate there will be quite a few more people taking advantage of that option."

Physical voting locations like nursing homes, churches and schools are no longer ideal options so the city is considering moving or consolidating locations.

"So, making sure we have places that are open and accessible to the public, offer plenty of space to allow for voting to occur in person with adequate social distancing," she said. "And, just making sure we can get that environment as safe as possible."

There are also issues to consider with poll workers since many are generally older and at a higher risk if exposed to the coronavirus.

Hollingshead added, "We want to make sure we have good contingency plans in place so that we have enough judges so that we're able to have successfully operating polling locations whatever that may look like in August and November and that's not something you can fix a week ahead of time so it's something we have to definitely be planning now."

The city says it is also working on ideas other than mail-in voting for those that may find it difficult to do so and will provide options so that everyone is able to successfully cast their ballots this year.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 609387

Reported Deaths: 7743
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Hennepin1262491796
Ramsey52997910
Dakota47216475
Anoka43200465
Washington27664296
Stearns22659227
St. Louis18245319
Scott17686139
Wright16518153
Olmsted13503103
Sherburne1212396
Carver1073749
Clay829692
Rice8249111
Blue Earth769944
Crow Wing687999
Kandiyohi669885
Chisago626954
Otter Tail590087
Benton585198
Goodhue485574
Douglas477781
Mower477533
Winona463552
Itasca462768
Isanti445566
McLeod434261
Morrison427762
Beltrami410163
Nobles409850
Steele400719
Polk390772
Becker389157
Lyon365054
Carlton356958
Freeborn350734
Pine337323
Nicollet334045
Mille Lacs314856
Brown308640
Le Sueur299527
Cass288133
Todd288133
Meeker265444
Waseca240723
Martin236933
Roseau212221
Wabasha20833
Hubbard197741
Dodge18943
Renville183146
Redwood178141
Houston175416
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Fillmore158910
Faribault156920
Chippewa154038
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Cook1740

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Reported Deaths: 6109
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Scott20426250
Black Hawk16680319
Woodbury15319230
Johnson1473686
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Dallas1144099
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Story1082848
Warren592092
Clinton564393
Cerro Gordo562297
Webster538996
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Marshall491479
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Lee392658
Marion369177
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Carroll286252
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Clay217327
Tama213372
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Buchanan196734
Page195422
Cedar192923
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Butler167835
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Lyon160941
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Lucas77423
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