Voters who know for some reason they are going to be unable to vote during the general election in November have the opportunity to cast a ballot early through what is known as the absentee voting process.
Those in Redwood County who plan to vote absentee can do so by stopping in at the Redwood County auditor-treasurer’s office in the county government center between now and Nov. 5. Absentee voting closes the day before the general election at 5 p.m.
According to Jean Price, Redwood County auditor-treasurer, those who want to cast an absentee ballot must fill out an application, before receiving a ballot, but she said filling out the application and casting a ballot can be done in the same visit.
There are specific instructions one must follow in order to have their absentee ballot count in the election, and in a recent announcement Mark Ritchie, Minne-sota secretary of state, encouraged people to be sure and read through and follow all of the instructions before casting their ballot.
According to Ritchie, nearly 300,000 Minnesotans are going to vote by absentee allot this year, including military personnel who are serving overseas.
Some of the reasons for casting an absentee ballot include absence from the precinct, observance of a religious discipline or holiday, illness or disability or serving as an election judge.
Those who are not registered voters must bring a form of identification along when applying for an absentee ballot.
Information regarding acceptable forms of ID and other absentee voting information may be found at the secretary of state’s Web site at www.sos.state.mn.us.