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Election ballots now here

By Staff | Jan 26, 2020

Early voting for the first Minnesota primary in almost three decades was set to begin last Friday, Jan. 17.

However, the ballots were not available at the Faribault County Courthouse until Tuesday, Jan. 21.

“There was a legal challenge concerning the Republican ballot and the Minnesota State Supreme Court did not rule on it until the week of Jan. 13, so that may have contributed to ballots not arriving at our office on time,” Faribault County Treasurer/Auditor Darren Esser explained. “I was also told the bad weather last week may have contributed to the late arrival of the ballots.”

With the ballots now on hand voting can proceed as normal, according to Esser.

“If you want to vote before the March 3 primary, there are a couple of different ways you can cast your ballot,” Esser said. “You can come to the courthouse and vote there, or apply to receive a ballot by mail.”

There are some other things to be aware of, Esser shared.

“When you apply for a ballot, you sign an oath which states you agree with the principals of the party you are voting for because you are casting either a Democrat or Republican ballot,” he commented. “The parties will receive the data but it is my understanding it is not to be made public.”

The courthouse will be open until 4:30 p.m. on regular business days, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. the Saturday before the election and until 5 p.m. the day of the election.

And if you want to vote at your regular polling place, you may still do so on March 3, unless you are in a township which has switched to all-mail voting.

Esser said you may also apply for a mail-in ballot at Mnvotes.org. After the county is notified by the state of the application, a ballot will be mailed to the applicant.