Absentee Balloting the Highest in Two Decades of MN Primaries

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Absentee Balloting In MN Primaries

From the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office:
“Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said absentee balloting in the 2010 primary is the highest in two decades. His office reported that election officials have accepted 26,211 absentee ballots as of 9:45 a.m. this morning. In-person absentee balloting continues today until 5 p.m. with the primary tomorrow, Aug. 10.

‘Clearly the message is out there about the approaching early primary,’ Ritchie said. ‘I am pleased to see so many Minnesotans planning ahead to ensure their voices are heard.'”

Update: 28,992 accepted absentee ballots as of 4:50 p.m. 08/09/2010
Note: This number is unofficial and is expected to change as absentee ballot boards continue processing absentee ballots returned today (Aug. 9) and tomorrow-the day of the primary. Absentee ballot statistics are unofficial until county canvassing boards certify their results on Friday, Aug. 13 and the State Canvassing Board certifies county canvassing reports on Tuesday, Aug. 17.

Continue reading to see Minnesota’s Primary Absentee Ballot Statistics:

2010: 26,211(as of 9:45 a.m. on 8/9/10)

2008: 21,160

2006: 19,859

2004: 18,958

2002: 18,850

2000: 21,749

1998: 25,257

1996: 20,450

1994: 22,764

1992: 18,990
6,933 (presidential primary April 7)

1990: 17,048

Absentee ballots delivered today or tomorrow will be counted if they meet the legal requirements.

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