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No new ballots for voters whose candidates have dropped out

Alice Keefe
Created: March 02, 2020 06:04 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Days and even hours before people across the country vote on Super Tuesday, major contenders are calling it quits.

Billionaire Tom Steyer, South Bend’s Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar all called off their presidential campaigns before the 14 states voting on Tuesday open their polls.

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Minnesotans have been voting early since January 17, and Rochester City Clerk Anissa Hollingshead said at this point, it is too late for any Minnesota voter to take back a ballot.

“If you have already voted, unfortunately, your ballot is cast, and we have started tabulating those. So when I say tabulate, I mean that we’ve opened the ballots. They’ve gone into the machines to start that process,” Hollingshead said.

Voters could have changed their ballots up until February 25. 

“For our voters here, even if you choose to vote early, you can be confident that your vote’s being counted and is part of those election night totals. In order for that to happen, there has to be a cutoff,” Hollingshead said.

For people who have not voted early, the Super Tuesday presidential primary will feel almost like any other election, except that voters have to ask for either a DFL or Republican ballot at their polling place.

For people who have voted for candidates who have since suspended their campaigns, Hollingshead said their votes still count.

“You’re casting your ballot based upon the choices available to you at the time and that field is constantly in flux,” Hollingshead said.

In Olmsted County, polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Like any other election in Minnesota, voters can register when they show up to their polling place.

To find your polling place and view a sample ballot, check the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.


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