Friday, June 26, marks the first day of early voting for the Statewide Primary Election to be held August 11. Blue Earth County encourages voters to vote from home for this election as a safe and effective way to vote. Over 8,500 county voters will be receiving a ballot in the coming week to vote from home.
Mail ballots will be sent the week of June 29 to registered voters throughout cities and townships within Blue Earth County that have elected to utilize mail balloting for the 2020 Statewide Primary Election. Several townships are utilizing mail balloting for the first time in this election in response to the ongoing pandemic and as a way to provide a safer voting experience. Ballots will arrive in the mail for voters in the following precincts:
- Cities: Amboy, Good Thunder, Pemberton, Skyline, and Vernon Center, as well as Blue Earth County portions of North Mankato and Minnesota Lake
- Townships: Beauford, Butternut Valley, Cambria, Ceresco, Danville, Judson, Lincoln, Lyra, Mapleton, McPherson, Medo, Pleasant Mound, Sterling, and Vernon Center
- NEW Townships in 2020: Garden City, Jamestown, Lime, Mankato, and Shelby
Ballots must be returned in the postage-paid envelope or dropped off at the Blue Earth County Elections Office. Due to a recent court settlement, these ballots must be post-marked no later than Election Day. In previous elections, the ballots needed to be received by the elections office no later than Election Day. It’s important to carefully follow instructions included with the mail ballot. Residents in these precincts not registered to vote will need to register in order to receive a ballot by mail.
For voters not automatically receiving a ballot, absentee ballots are available. It takes two minutes to request online at www.mnvotes.org by clicking on “Other Ways to Vote.” Additional details about absentee voting and election information can be found on the website. Absentee ballot voters also have the option of visiting the Blue Earth County Elections Office.
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.
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.
Voters can register, check the status of their ballot, and handle many other elections-related tasks by visiting www.mnvotes.org. Voters should register in advance no later than July 21 to be considered pre-registered for the election.
For additional questions or information, please contact Blue Earth County Elections at (507) 304-4341 or visit www.becvotes.org.