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Brown County Browser: Election update

Voters in our townships and the cities of Cobden, Evan and Hanska should expect to see their ballots for the General Election arrive in their mailbox this week. If your ballot does not arrive by Oct. 12, we encourage voters to contact the Elections Office at 233-6614 to obtain a ballot.

An eligible voter in a mail ballot precinct who is not registered by October 13th may apply for and receive an absentee ballot. Absentee voting in precincts using mail balloting must be conducted in accordance with M.S. Chapter 203B with the exception that the time for applying, receiving and returning absentee ballots is extended until 8 p.m. on the day of the election. If coming to the Courthouse to vote, please allow ample time prior to the election. Office hours are daily from 8-4:30. We will also be open to voters on October 31st from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Please read all of the instructions included with the ballot packet. Voters must remember to provide either the last four of their Social Security Number or their Driver’s License number on the envelope provided and make sure that the ballot is signed.

We hope that voters will mail their voted ballots by October 20th if using the USPS for delivery of the ballot. We do have a secure drop box in the lobby of the Law Enforcement Center for those who wish to hand deliver their ballots.

A reminder to all voters, October 13th is the last day to pre-register to ensure that your name will appear on the roster on Election Day.

Brown County has 16,024 registered voters. We have 8,582 voters who are either in a Mail ballot precinct or have requested to vote safely at home. So over 54% of the ballots will be processed in the local elections office taking some of the pressure off of the in person voting precincts in New Ulm, Sleepy Eye, Springfield and Comfrey.

Voters can track their Absentee/Mail ballots online to see that it has been accepted. Go to the elections tab on the Brown County Website and click the link to track your ballot.

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