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Absentee ballots for August primary allow for early voting beginning June 27


Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

SAINT PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota voters can cast their ballots early for the August 12 Primary Election by voting absentee starting Friday, June 27. Voters may request an absentee ballot to be mailed to them, or vote absentee in-person at their county elections office or local elections office.

Absentee voting is expected to rise in 2014 as voters no longer need an excuse to vote absentee, such as being ill or out of their precinct on Election Day. As a result, more voters can vote early by absentee and avoid the polling place.

“Hectic schedules are often cited as the reason voters don’t get to the polling place on Election Day,” says Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. “Now that all voters can vote early by absentee, Minnesotans have greater freedom to cast their ballots on their own schedule.”

Online Tools for Absentee

Voters at mnvotes.org

Minnesota voters can now request an absentee ballot online at mnvotes.org, the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State’s online hub for voter tools. This service allows voters to apply for an absentee ballot quickly and easily without the need to print, scan forms, and return by mail, fax or email. Voters may request an absentee ballot for both the August 12 Primary Election and November 4 General Election; ballots for the General Election will not be available until September 19.

Voters may also download an absentee ballot application, and complete and submit it by mail, email, fax or personal delivery.

Upon requesting an absentee ballot, voters may use “Absentee Ballot Lookup” to find the status of their ballot, such as when it was mailed, and if their completed ballot was received and accepted by their local elections office. Mail ballot voters may also use this tool.

Voters can use “My Ballot” to view their sample ballot and find links to candidates’ websites.

How to Vote Early with an Absentee Ballot

Voters can request an absentee ballot even if they are not registered to vote — a voter registration application will be provided with their ballot. There are three ways to vote absentee:

• Mail — Election officials will mail absentee ballot materials to the voters upon receiving a voter’s ballot application. The ballot must be completed and returned on or before Primary Election Day, August 12.

• In Person — Voters ma .....
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook 6.27.14

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 0.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.59/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average that has inc ..... 
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Minnesota Surpreme Court grants review in transit case against Rochester

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

The Minnesota Supreme Court has granted a petition for review of the City of Rochester’s procurement of transit services two years ago. Rochester City Lines, the family owned business that founded the local bus service and ran it for nearly 50 y ..... 
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Click It or Ticket: Nearly 11,000 unbelted motorists ticketed during two-week enhanced enforcement campaign

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A statewide Click It or Ticket seat belt and car seat enforcement campaign May 19-June 1 resulted in 10,874 seat belt citations, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS/OTS). Campaig ..... 
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State gains 10,300 jobs in May: Unemployment rate falls to 4.6 percent

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL – Minnesota employers added 10,300 jobs in May, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The agency said the state has added 45,617 jobs in the past year, a growth ra ..... 
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Minnesota weekly gas price update and outlook

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Minnesota, June 2 - Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have risen 0.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.50/g, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,856 gas outlets in Minnesota. This compares with the national average th ..... 
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Walz Statement Regarding Secretary Shinseki’s Resignation

Fri, May 30th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Washington, DC [5/30/14] – Today, President Obama announced that he has accepted the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki and appointed Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson as the acting Secretary. Sloan Gibson was appointed to his position in Februa ..... 
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State sheds 4,200 jobs in April Unemployment rate drops to 4.7 perecent

Thu, May 29th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota employers shed 4,200 jobs in April, according to figures released today by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). March figures were revised downward from 2,600 jobs gained to 700 jobs g ..... 
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Ask a Trooper: Youthful ATV operators

Thu, May 29th, 2014
Posted in All State of Minnesota

Question: What are the youth laws when operating ATV’s? I have often observed youth riding excessively on residential roads quite fast, unsupervised, and without helmets. You can get a regulation manual from most ATV dealers, your local DNR or D ..... 
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