ST. PAUL, MN (KELO AM) - Minnesota's primary election is August 12, and a change in the absentee ballot law is making it easier for Minnesotans to make their vote count during the busy summer vacation season.
The primary marks the first election Minnesota residents can vote in utilizing an absentee ballot without having to an excuse for being ill or out of the precinct on Election Day. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says people can order a ballot online or vote absentee in person.
"They can go to the county courthouse or their city clerk's office. That's the in-person," says Ritchie. "Or they can go to the website and order the absentee ballot. It will come in the mail. Fill it in, do all the paperwork. Stick it back in the post box and it comes back in."
Mail-in absentee ballots can be ordered online at mnvotes.org. More than 2,300 Minnesotans have already voted absentee for the primary, an increase of more than 60 percent compared with this time two years ago ahead of the 2012 primary.
In addition to local races, Minnesota voters this year are casting ballots for governor, the U.S senate seat helpd by Al Franken and all eight U.S. House seats. The deadline to register for the primary is July 22nd, although Minnesotans can also register on election day at the polls.