If you have *not* yet mailed your absentee ballot for Tuesday’s election, do *NOT* do it now — the word from Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon after a federal court ruled last night (Thurs) that ballots postmarked by Election Day but received up to a week later must be set aside — and it’s unclear whether they will be counted. Simon says as he gets answers, he’ll advise voters as soon as possible on options:

“Starting with *not* mailing an absentee ballot that’s sitting on your coffee table right now, and ending possibly with voting in person, either on Election Day at a polling place, or voting absentee at a county or city office.”

Simon says his office might appeal the court ruling, but his immediate concern is making sure that as many Minnesotans’ ballots as possible are counted. He says just under 400 thousand absentee ballots that were requested have not been received back by Minnesota election officials as of last night (Thurs). If you’ve already mailed in your absentee ballot, you can track its status at   mnvotes.org/track