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St Paul (KROC AM News)  - A federal court ruling has led to this advice from Minnesota’s top election official - if you haven’t mailed in your absentee ballot yet - DON’T.

Thursday’s ruling ordered Secretary of State Steve Simon to set aside all mailed-in ballots that are received after the polls close Tuesday.

At this point, it’s not known if the ballots would be counted.

The ruling was in response to a challenge of a decision by the state to accept ballots a week after election day if they were postmarked by Nov. 3rd. Simon says those who haven’t sent in their ballot yet to deliver them in person to their local election office - or vote in person.

He has scheduled a noon news conference Friday to talk about the situation.

According to Simon:

Next Steps for Voters

Voters should no longer place their absentee ballot in the mail. Instead, voters have several options to ensure their vote is counted in the November general election:

  • Voters who have already put their ballot in the mail can track their ballot at http://www.mnvotes.org/track. If their ballot has not yet been received the voter can vote in-person either by absentee, or at their polling place on Election Day.
  • Voters can deliver their ballots to their county election office by hand (or have someone they trust hand-deliver it for them).
  • Voters can cast their vote in person with an absentee ballot at their local election office up until November 2, 2020.
    Voters can cast their votes in person on Election Day. Use our Pollfinder Tool to find out where to vote.


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