Absentee voting on record pace in Minnesota

“These numbers are off the charts. Something is going on out there people are fired up to vote clearly.”

Edgar Linares
October 18, 2018 - 7:15 pm
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We’re a little over three weeks away from November's midterm election and the Secretary of State is reporting absentee voting is on record pace.

“These numbers are off the charts,” said Minnesota’s Secretary of State Steve Simon. “Something is going on out there, people are fired up to vote clearly!”

Simon said of 301,107 absentee ballots requested 159,660 have been returned as of October 18. He compared the numbers from this election to the midterm four years ago.

“We are 170 percent higher when it comes to the ballots requested and we are 252 percent higher when it comes to those that have been turned in and accepted,” said Simon.

Simon said absentee voting is also ahead of the last presidential election in 2016 where voting is universally higher.

“These numbers also indicate there’s going to be some new voters among us and it seems to indicate we’re going to have high overall turnout,” said Simon.

For those interested in still voting absentee you can pick up a ballot at a local city or county office, or got to MNVOTE.org and request one to be mailed to your home.