Blue Earth County is preparing to mail over 450 absentee ballots for the 2020 Primary Election, which will be held on Tuesday, August 11. This is nearly as many ballots as was sent out during the entire 2018 Primary Election and this year’s early voting period has yet to officially begin. Voting from home is part of the absentee ballot process. Minnesota State law allows any eligible voter to cast an absentee ballot for any reason. Voting at home may be a way for voters to reduce spread of disease and keep our communities healthy.

Absentee ballots are available starting Friday, June 26, and the county expects to complete the initial mailing on that day.

All voters should prepare and plan to vote in the Primary Election and the General Election on November 3. Voters can check their registration and update it if necessary, learn about the election, and request absentee ballots online at www.mnvotes.org. Voters should register in advance no later than July 21 to be considered pre-registered for the Primary election.

Requesting an absentee ballot online takes two minutes. Absentee ballot voters also have the option of visiting the Blue Earth County Elections Office.

Ballots must be returned in the postage-paid envelope and received at the Blue Earth County Elections Office no later than Election Day. It’s important to carefully follow instructions included with the ballot. Voters can track their absentee ballot process, confirming it was mailed, received and counted, by visiting www.mnvotes.org after they have submitted their request.

The Blue Earth County Elections Office is located in the Historic Courthouse at 204 S 5th Street, Mankato. Hours for the Elections Office are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The office will be open extended hours on Saturday, August 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and until 5 p.m. Monday, August 10. Voters entering the Courthouse will be required to follow the County’s policies regarding social distancing and face coverings.

For additional questions or information, please contact Blue Earth County Elections at (507) 304-4341 or visit www.becvotes.org.