Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News)- Direct balloting for the August 9 Special Election and Primary got underway in Olmsted County Tuesday.

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Direct balloting gives in-person voters the chance to place their absentee ballots into the tabulator. Absentee voters can also place their filled out ballot in an envelope in the ballot tabulator. Officials say those ballots will be processed at a later time during the direct balloting period.

Voters can take advantage of the direct balloting window from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday and on Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Elections Office in the Olmsted County Government Center at 151 4th Street SE, Rochester, MN.

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Kim David/TSM

This month’s election includes a special election to determine who will serve the remainder of the late Congressman Jim Hagedorn’s term as representative for Minnesota’s First Congressional District. The Aug. 9 also has Primary races for this fall's general election to determine who will represent the first district in congress in 2023 as well as primaries for local and county government seats. 

The following local races have a Primary election on Aug. 9: 

Olmsted County (Primary election)

  • Board of Commissioners, District 4
  • Board of Commissioners, District 5

Information on everyone who filed for Olmsted County Commissioner District seats, Sheriff, County Attorney, and Soil and Water Supervisor is on the Minnesota Secretary of State website.

City of Rochester (Primary election)

  • City Council, Ward 1
  • City Council, Ward 3
  • Mayor
  • School Board, Position 2
  • School Board, Position 5
  • School Board, Position 6
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