With one week until the primary, there are key steps to take to vote and make sure your vote counts. Here is the advice from the City of Minneapolis. (The following post is quoted from an update written by Grace Wachlarowicz, CERA, Minneapolis Director of Elections and Voter Services.)
Minneapolis Election Update 4
Monday, August 3rd, 2020
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UPDATES ON EARLY VOTING
Return by mail: Because it can take time to get VBM processed via postal service, we are strongly encouraging all voters opting to mail their completed ballot to do so no later than Tuesday, August 4th. Once a ballot has been mailed back, it’s status can be tracked to provide assurance that the vote has been cast. Voters can do this with the Secretary of State’s Ballot Status Tool. As the example below shows, the ballot’s status will change to “accepted” when we receive and process it. Also, it will show if the voter requested a mail ballot for the General Election. If so, the voter does not have to re-apply, a general ballot will be mailed when available (starting September 18).
While recent changes in election law allow election officials to accept ballots that are postmarked by Election Day and received in the mail no later than two days after the election (Thursday, August 13), we are strongly encouraging voters to return their ballot as soon as possible.
Return in person: Minneapolis voters can return their ballot to either Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services at 980 E Hennepin Ave or Hennepin County Elections at 300 S 6th Street by 3:00 p.m. on Election Day. Reminder, absentee ballots cannot be returned to polling places on Election Day.
A voter can return their own ballot, or have it returned by someone they know. Individuals returning a ballot on behalf of the voter will be required to present an ID and complete paperwork. In either scenario, voters should be prepared to remove the outer mail envelope to verify the information on the enclosed signature envelope is correct and that the ballot can be accepted.
To keep in-person ballot return safe, we will be offering a new drive thru ballot drop off during the final days before the election. This option will allow voters to remain in the safety of their car (or bike) to drop off their ballot. Please note the date and hours for this option in the visual below.
ELECTION DAY REMINDERS FOR VOTERS
Voters planning to cast their ballot on Election Day can take a number of quick steps to ensure they don’t run into delays or problems.