Minneapolis surpasses early voting totals for primary elections

"I'm going to be out of town next week so I won't be here but it is important for me to vote in some of the races."

Susie Jones
August 07, 2018 - 3:33 pm
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Amy Conger got a little help from an election official as she slid her ballot into the machine at the Early Vote Center downtown Minneapolis.

"I'm going to be out of town next week so I won't be here but it is important for me to vote in some of the races, especially in the 5th district because I think whoever wins that,  will win the whole thing," Congor said.

Since early voting began June 29, City election officials have received more than 8,000 completed absentee ballots.

"Minneapolis voters are showing that this matters to them," said Casey Carl, the city clerk.

He said so far they have surpassed the city's early voting totals for recent primary elections. For example, the total for 2016 was 4,641 and in 2014 the number was 3,962.   He said this includes voters who requested mail-in ballots as well as those who were helped at the Early Vote Center, at healthcare sites during staff visits and by other means. 

If you want to see for yourself, you can view early vote data on the City’s election website.

"Like the past couple of years we see Ward 6 has pretty incredible turnout so far," said Aaron Grossman, project coordinator in the clerk's office.

The Early Vote Center is open now through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It will also be open Saturday, Aug. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.