The Blue Earth County Elections Office reminds voters that if they have an absentee or mail ballot, it should be mailed or returned directly to the Elections Office soon. As of August 6, nearly 11,500 ballots have been sent to county voters and over 4,700 have been returned and counted. This means nearly 1 in every 3 county registered voters have received a ballot to vote from home and over 12% of the county’s registered voters have already participated in this election.
For the August 11, 2020, Statewide Primary Election only, all ballots being returned by mail must be postmarked by Election Day, August 11 and then received by the Elections Office no later than August 13. To give USPS enough time for processing, voters are encouraged to put their ballots in the mail as soon as possible.
If voters are concerned their mailed ballots won’t be received in time, they can hand-deliver them to the county’s Election Office located in the Historic Courthouse at 204 S 5th Street in Mankato. It is important to note that absentee voters must return their absentee ballots by 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 11 if hand-delivering them to the Elections Office in order for them to be counted. For those living in mail ballot precincts, the hand-delivering deadline is 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 11. Ballots returned or received after these deadlines cannot be counted.