Over 10,000 ballots have been sent out to Blue Earth County voters for the August 11, 2020, Statewide Primary Election. The county has received about 3,000 of them back so far, including from places as far away as Ireland, Jordan, and Taiwan. With election day just under two weeks away, voters should make their election plans now.

Voting from home is a safe and effective way to vote. It takes two minutes to request a ballot online at www.mnvotes.org by clicking on “Other Ways to Vote.” Additional details about absentee voting and election information can be found on the website. Minnesota State law allows any eligible voter to cast an absentee ballot for any reason. Absentee ballot voters also have the option of visiting the Blue Earth County Elections Office.

Ballots must be returned in the postage-paid envelope or dropped off at the Blue Earth County Elections Office. Due to a recent court settlement, Minnesota’s absentee ballots must be post-marked no later than Election Day. In previous elections, the ballots needed to be received by the elections office no later than Election Day. It’s important to carefully follow instructions included with the ballot packet you receive.

Voters can find their election day polling place, review their sample ballot, check the status of their ballot, and handle many other elections-related tasks by visiting www.mnvotes.org.

The Blue Earth County Elections Office is located in the Historic Courthouse at 204 S 5th Street, Mankato. Hours for the Elections Office are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The office will be open extended hours on Saturday, August 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and until 5 p.m. Monday, August 10. Voters entering the Courthouse will be required to follow the County’s policies regarding social distancing and face coverings.

For additional questions or information, please contact Blue Earth County Elections at (507) 304-4341 or visit www.becvotes.org.