Press release from Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie:
ST. PAUL, Minn.-Aug. 6, 2010-Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said today that the number of absentee ballots successfully cast statewide for the upcoming Aug. 10 primary has eclipsed 2002 and 2006 state primary totals. He indicated that as of Friday morning, election officials were reporting 21,703 absentee ballots accepted statewide. Minnesotans cast a total of 18,850 absentee ballots in the 2002 primary and 19,859 in 2006; both were non-presidential election years.
“Voter turnout in primaries is traditionally lower than turnout in general elections,” Ritchie said. “However, these numbers are encouraging and may indicate that Minnesotans are engaged and are planning ahead knowing that they may be away on the Aug. 10 primary day,” Ritchie said.
Minnesotans unable to make it to their polling places on Tuesday, Aug. 10 may still choose to vote by absentee ballot. In-person absentee balloting is available at county auditor and some city clerk offices Friday, Aug. 6 (regular business hours), Saturday, Aug. 7 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 9 (until 5 p.m.).
State law allows eligible Minnesota voters to vote absentee either by mail or in person for one of the following reasons:
· Absence from the precinct (away from home)
· Illness or disability
· Serving as an election judge in another precinct
· Religious discipline
“For those who still want to participate in the primary but know they will be away from home next Tuesday, visit your county auditor or city clerk’s office today, Saturday, or Monday to vote absentee,” Ritchie said.
For more information about voter registration and eligibility as well as candidates appearing on the ballot, visit the secretary of state’s voter webpage at www.mnvotes.org.