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Minnesota seeing huge increase in absentee ballots

Up more than 200 percent from 2014.

Posted: Oct 12, 2018 8:03 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office says more than 223,000 absentee ballots have already been requested for the November general election.

“I am so proud of Minnesota voters for continuing to vote early at a record-setting pace,” said Secretary of State Steve Simon. “It’s critical that every Minnesotan knows that your absentee ballot will be counted exactly the same as a ballot cast on Election Day. Rumors to the contrary are simply untrue. If you’re concerned, please go to mnvotes.org and check the status of your absentee ballot. Whether you vote early or vote on Election Day, be a voter!”

Simon this this is a 209 percent increase over absentee ballot requests in 2014, the last midterm election. 85,438 absentee ballots have also been accepted by Minnesota election officials, a 221 percent increase over 2014.

In Olmsted County, 1,864 absentee ballots were requested in 2014. 7,060 have been requested so far this year.

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