Nearly 1.7 million absentee ballots had been returned and accepted in Minnesota as of yesterday (Sun), according to Secretary of State Steve Simon, but 293 thousand were still outstanding as Tuesday’s election looms:

Governor Tim Walz and other top state officials spent the weekend telling Minnesotans there’s not enough time to mail-in absentee ballots and they should either drop them off at their local election office or vote in person on Tuesday. And a federal court ruled that any ballots not received by election officials by Tuesday must be segregated from the rest.   It appears they will be counted but it’s unclear whether they’ll ultimately be included in the final totals.   State officials wanted a seven-day grace period but the federal court said no.   President Trump said yesterday about the counting of mail and absentee ballots in the battleground state of Pennsylvania “as soon as the election is over, we’re going in with our lawyers.”