10/30/2020 4:31:00 PM Circuit court ruling means it may be too late to mail absentee ballots
On Thursday, the Eighth Circuit Court ruled that absentee ballots needed to be received by Election Day on Tuesday in order to be counted, rather than needing to be postmarked by Tuesday.
What this means is that if people have an absentee ballot in the state of Minnesota and they have not mailed them in yet, it may not arrive to the county auditor/treasurer's office by Tuesday.
Cottonwood County Auditor/Treasurer Donna Torkelson said that if someone has an absentee ballot and has not yet mailed it, they should instead deliver it directly to her office or to the secure drop box located outside the courthouse. Torkelson added that in-person drop-offs of absentee ballots need to be done by 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Torkelson also said that if a person is sick on Tuesday and still wants to vote, they may directly call their polling location and request to vote at curbside. An election worker in personal protective equipment will deliver the ballot to the voter's vehicle and to the vote deposit machine.
Torkelson said that Cottonwood County had 1,775 absentee ballots requested and sent out. Of those, 1,449 have already been returned.
Results from area elections will be updated throughout the evening Tuesday, beginning when the first precinct reports, on Citizen Online.