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Absentee ballots available in Minnesota now through Nov. 5

WILLMAR -- Absentee ballot voting for the Nov. 6 general election opened Friday and will continue through Nov. 5 in Minnesota.

"Almost 300,000 Minnesotans will vote by absentee ballot this election," said Secretary of State Mark Ritchie in a news release. "Absentee voters, including military personnel deployed overseas, may now track their ballots online to make sure that their ballots arrive on time and are counted."

Eligible voters may cast absentee ballots for one of the following reasons -- absence from the precinct on Election Day, observance of religious discipline or holiday, illness or disability, serving as an election judge in another precinct, or when an emergency or quarantine is declared by the government.

Voters may vote absentee in person at county auditor's offices and some city clerk offices. An online absentee ballot lookup allows voters to track their ballots to be sure they have been successfully counted. Find absentee voting forms, view voting information and access the absentee ballot lookup at

Military and overseas voters have different absentee balloting procedures. Information is available for them at

To ensure that absentee ballots are successfully cast and counted, Ritchie urged voters to follow the ballots' instructions carefully and fill out all required forms.

Staff reports