286K absentee and mail-in ballots sent in first week of voting season in Minnesota

(ABC 6 News) – New data shows the number of sent and accepted absentee and mail-in ballots since early voting began in Minnesota on September 23.

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The Office of the Secretary of State says as of September 29, local election officials across the state had sent out 286,324 absentee and mail-in ballots to registered voters. Of these, 11,380 have been accepted.

In order for ballots to be counted, they must be received by Election Day, November 8.

“Minnesotans understand the importance of voting and are increasingly choosing to vote on their terms using absentee ballots,” said Secretary of State Steve Simon. “Our office is committed to ensuring every eligible voter has the access and opportunity to cast their vote.”  

In Minnesota, all eligible voters can choose to vote using an absentee ballot by mail or at a local election office in the 46 days before an election.

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