As the election season looms, the deadline for voters to cast absentee ballots in the primary election approaches.
Jennifer Wagenius, Washington County’s director of property records and taxpayer services, said the county has sent absentee ballots to 750 people. At this time, 238 ballots have been turned in and accepted, she added.
Wagenius said only two ballots have been rejected, and those individuals affected by the rejections were sent ballots to correct what was wrong and make their votes count in the upcoming primary election.
“We always seem to have a greater turnout for presidential years,” Wagenius said.
Voters wanting to cast absentee ballots must fulfill the following requirements: be away from home election day; are ill or disabled, an election judge serving in another district or have a legitimate emergency declared by the governor or quarantine declared by federal or state governments.
With absentee voting, individuals can vote either in person or by mail 45 days before each regularly scheduled election up to the day before the election day. Ballots turned in by mail that arrive on the day of the election will be included in the count.
Washington County has in-person absentee voting available for the Aug. 14 primary election from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday through Aug. 13 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 for all county residents at the following locations:
n Woodbury Service Center, 2150 Radio Drive, Woodbury.
n Cottage Grove Service Center, 13000 Ravine Parkway, Cottage Grove.
n Government Center in Stillwater, 14949 62nd St. N., Stillwater.
n Headwaters Service Center, 1995 Forest Road N., Forest Lake.
Stillwater residents can also cast primary absentee ballots in-person at Stillwater City Hall 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through Aug. 10; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 11, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 13.
“Our message always is that if you are voting absentee in person, to do it as early as possible to avoid lines,” Wagenius said.
Persons have already cast their absentee ballots can check their ballot status online at the Secretary of State’s website: https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/AbsenteeBallotStatus.aspx
The last day to cast absentee ballots for the Nov. 6 general election is Nov. 5. Voters can cast their absentee ballots in person at Stillwater City Hall from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday Sept. 21 through Nov. 2; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 3 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 5.
Mailed are accepted up to the day of election.