The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State reports that 18,581 absentee ballots have been distributed to voters to-date for the August 12th Primary Election.
Of those, 9,208 absentee ballots have been returned and accepted compared to 6,014 at this in time in 2012.
Absentee ballots must be returned no later than Primary Election Day.
This election year, Minnesota voters will head to the polls to decide a U.S. Senate seat, all of Minnesota's eight U.S. House seats, as well as governor and other state officers, and all Minnesota State House seats. The 2014 election will also include many county commissioners, county sheriffs, county attorneys, auditors, treasurers and recorders.
For the first time, Minnesota voters can vote absentee without the need to provide an excuse, such as being ill or out of the precinct on Election Day. Voters may request an absentee ballot to be mailed to them through a new online tool at mnvotes.org, eliminating the need to print, scan forms, and return by mail, fax or email.