Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Olmsted County election officials are sending absentee ballot applications to all registered voters in the county.

A news release says the move is being taken because of the coronavirus pandemic to encourage voters to consider voting by mail and learning about other absentee voting options. The package that will be sent to all registered voters could arrive in mailboxes as early as this week and will include a postage-paid return envelope.

“This is an unprecedented time for Olmsted County, Minnesota and our nation as we face a major public health crisis and civil unrest,” said Olmsted County Director or Property Records and Licensing Mark Krupski. “Voting is the cornerstone of democracy and we want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to participate in a safe and accessible manner.”

State law allows for early voting with an absentee ballot beginning 46 days before an election but requests can be submitted for the ballots now. Early voting for the August 11th primary begins June 26th, while early voting for the November 3rd general election begins September 18th.  Visit the Olmsted County website for more information about voting in the upcoming primary and general elections. 

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