There's been no big rush at the Winona County Auditor-Treasurer's office to cast absentee ballots for the August primary election even though voters no longer need any kind of excuse to cast absentee ballots.
Deputy Auditor Cherie Kuckel said only ten absentee ballots had been returned as of Tuesday. Some 100 ballots had been sent out, mostly ballots that are automatically sent out each election to those who request that service like senior citizens.
Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says voters can also cast absentee ballots online.
Among the groups that pushed for the new rules was AARP Minnesota and spokesman Seth Bofelli says it's an important change for all, but especially for older adults.
Mail-in absentee ballots can be ordered online at mnvotes.org, which allows a voter to track the status so they know their vote has been counted. Ritchie says more than 2,300 Minnesotans have voted absentee for the primary, an increase of more than 60-percent compared with this time for the 2012 primary.....
The deadline for registering for the August primary in advance is July 22nd, but Minnesota voters can also register at the polls the day of the election.