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Duluth Officials: Drop off your absentee ballot by hand

DULUTH, MN-- The line was out the door at Duluth City Hall Friday afternoon as people rushed to vote early and drop off their absentee ballot after Thursday's deadline change.

That's when Minnesota's 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled all ballots must be received by the clerks no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Originally, that deadline was a week later.

"We were planning on mailing it but because of that last night we decided to put it in the box today," said Duluth Voter, Ashley Whitcomb.

Dropping off your absentee ballot is something the City of Duluth is urging the rest of the community to do to make sure it is received in time to be counted.

"We definitely want you to return that as soon as possible," said Director of Administrative Services Duluth, Chelsea Helmer.

You can do so by going inside the Duluth City Hall building and dropping it off from 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Monday they'll be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can also drop it off at the Duluth City Hall drive-up dropbox.
That is open 24/7 and it's located off the 2nd street parking lot.

If you decide last minute you rather vote in person, you can do that too.

"If you did receive a mail ballot and you decided that you don't want to return that mail-in ballot you can still vote in person. You can come to city hall and vote in person here or you can go to your polling location on election day," said Helmer.

The City says they have protocols in place to make sure someone's vote doesn't get counted twice.

"Each mail ballot is actually digitally coded, so we track that ballot through all the processes," said Helmer.

New numbers Friday by the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office show nearly 400,000 absentee ballots issued to voters have yet to be turned back in.

Meanwhile, in St. Louis County, 10,000 ballots have yet to be returned.

Lyanne Valdez

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