October 28, 2020

Stevens County Times

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Mail in ballot vs absentee ballot

Voters have been expecting to receive their mail-in ballots but may be confused as to why these have not been here sooner. Stevens County Auditor Stephanie Buss explained that there are two types of ballots going out. The first is the absentee ballot which voters would have requested earlier if they will not be here to vote on election day or do not want to go to the polls on November 3rd. Those ballots were sent out to residents of Morris who requested them, on September 18, and are continually being sent out as absentee applications come in. Voters can request an absentee ballot until 5:00 p.m. on November 2nd by going to www.mnvotes.org or in person.

The second type of ballot is the mail-in ballot which goes out to all 16 townships and 4 cities (Alberta, Chokio, Donnelly, Hancock) in the county. These ballots will go to all registered voters in those precincts and are expected to be mailed on September 25th. For those not registered, please register by October 13th and you then will receive a mail ballot. 

After completing the mail-in ballot or absentee ballot you can either mail the ballot or drop it off at the Stevens County Courthouse. If you prefer voting in person, and are a resident of Morris, you can do that at the Stevens County voting places on November 3. The polling locations are Evangelical Free Church, National Guard Armory, and Federated Church. Make sure you check which precinct you need to go to. Once your ballot is received at the Stevens County Auditor/Treasurer Office, it’s scanned into the State Voter Registration System and kept in a safe and secure location until election day. Voters can track their ballot at www.mnvotes.org.

Katie Erdman