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Election officials: Don't wait to send in your mail-in ballot for the Aug. 11 primary

In Minneapolis, voters should get their ballots in the mail by Tuesday, Aug. 4.

ST PAUL, Minn. — Election officials are advising Minnesota voters not to wait too long to send in their mail-in ballots for the Aug. 11 primary election.

Minneapolis election officials say voters should get their absentee ballots in the mail no later than Tuesday, Aug. 4, to ensure that ballots are postmarked and delivered in time to be counted.

For the state primary, your ballot will be counted as long as it's postmarked on or before the day of the primary and received in the mail no later than two days after the primary, Aug. 13.

For Minnesotans who don't live in Minneapolis, the Secretary of State's office recommends getting your ballots in the mail by Thursday, Aug. 6. 

According to the Secretary of State's office, ballots can be returned in-person to the county election office that sent the ballot, no later than 3 p.m. on Election Day.

Residents in nursing homes, assisted living, group homes, women's shelters, or people who are hospitalized may be able to request an agent to pick up their ballot for delivery.

Early voting is also available in-person at certain designated locations. Check with your local county election office for locations and times.

Voters can track the status of their ballot online to confirm that it was received and counted.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disesase Control is encouraging voting early by mail this year.

Absentee voting in Minnesota usually requires the signature of a witness; however, the witness requirement has been waived for registered voters for the Aug. 11 primary. Voters who have changed names or addresses, as well as voters with first-time registrations are still required to have a witness signature on their mail-in ballot envelopes.

Get more information about the 2020 elections on the KARE 11 Voter's Toolkit page.