It is too late now (Nov 1) to mail your Absentee Ballot. If you still have your ballot at home, you should bring it to your city office or the county courthouse to drop off on Monday, Nov 2, or just vote in person either Monday Nov 2 or Tuesday Nov 3. You can vote in person Monday Nov 2 (8-5) at city offices in Anoka County (see list below) or the Anoka County Courthouse. Or vote at your local polling place on November 3. More info on the MN Secretary of State's website, including live links to each voting location for hours and directions: mnvotes.org.
LWV Minnesota reported late Thursday that a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the Minnesota Secretary of State did not have the authority to extend the deadline to November 10 for receipt of mailed absentee ballots. Therefore, absentee ballots arriving after Election Day must be counted separately from other ballots. (Ruling at bottom of post.)
The ruling did not specifically invalidate absentee ballots received after November 3 but mandated that those votes be segregated into a special group that, by implication, could become the target of future law suits. The ruling did not indicate whether all races on the ballot would be equally vulnerable. An appeal may be in the works from the Secretary of State and/or Attorney General.
The message from the Secretary of State's office is simple and unambiguous: starting October 30, do not return absentee ballots by regular mail due to the risk they could eventually be invalidated. Even so, all votes cast will be tabulated; Minnesota county elections offices will report the number of absentee votes received by mail every day for a week following the election.
Those who recently returned absentee ballots should use the ballot tracker tool to confirm that their ballot has been accepted and will be counted: https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/AbsenteeBallotStatus.aspx
Those who have not yet voted (or who find their mailed absentee ballot has not yet been accepted when they use the link above) have two viable voting plans to consider: 1. vote absentee in person at local election offices, or 2. vote in person on Election Day.
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