Absentee ballots for the Nov. 2 election are now available.
Crow Wing County Deputy Auditor Debby Erickson said absentee ballot requests have been steady since they became available Tuesday.
She said the county has traditionally issued a large number of absentee ballots because of a high number of residents who go south in the fall. Although she had no concrete numbers available, Erickson said she has noticed an increase in the number of military absentee ballot requests.
Voters are eligible to vote by absentee ballot because of absence from the precinct, illness, physical disability or other reasons, according to the Crow Wing County auditor's office.
Additionally, Crow Wing County officials said a person may vote in person at the auditor's office, where an election booth is set up. In addition to regular hours, the county auditor's office will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 30 or interested persons may request absentee ballots by contacting the county auditor at 824-1045 or in person at the courthouse. Requests should be made as soon as possible to ensure receiving the ballot in time.
Cass County Auditor-Treasurer Sharon K. Anderson also announced that absentee ballots now are available.
For regular absentee ballots, an application form or letter of application is required. The form is available on the Cass County Web site at www.co.cass.mn.us. Applications may be submitted by mail to the Cass County Auditor-Treasurer, P.O. Box 3000, Walker, MN 56484. Voters also may come in and apply and vote in person before election day.
For military and overseas absentee ballot applications, a relative may apply. If a voter is permanently disabled, the person may apply to have an absentee ballot application automatically mailed for all upcoming elections.
Absentee ballots require a witness. A witness may be any registered voter of Minnesota; a notary public; an election official such as a county auditor, city clerk, or designee; a U.S. postal official; or any public official having authority to administer an oath.
The Cass County auditor-treasurer's office will have extended hours for absentee voting from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 30 and until 5 p.m. Nov. 1.
More information may be obtained by contacting the Cass County auditor-treasurer's office at (218) 547-7260, or by stopping in from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is in the Cass County Courthouse in Walker.
In addition, absentee balloting for select precincts is available at the following locations:
Polling Place/Absentee Ballot Location:
Pillager City Hall.
East Gull Lake City Hall.
Lake Shore City Hall.
Pillager City; Sylvan, Fairview and May townships.
East Gull Lake city.
Lake Shore city.
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