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You Can Vote on Saturday, Oct 31

Blue Earth County Elections Offices at 204 S 5th Street and 15 Map Drive are open for our voters October 31 from 10am to 3pm.  Drop off your ballot, vote early in person, or call with any questions. Learn more at www.becvotes.org

Your Polling Place May Have Moved 

If you're not sure where you vote, if your polling place has moved, or if you live in a mail ballot precinct, visit https://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/ to learn more. You can also vote early in person at the county's two voting locations at 204 S 5th Street and 15 Map Drive.

You Should Have a Voting Plan 

You should have a plan for the November 3 election day. Return your ballot if you requested one, vote early in person at our 15 Map Drive or 204 S 5th Street locations here in Mankato, or learn where to vote on Election Day. More info at www.becvotes.org

Who Can Vote

To vote in Minnesota, here are the basic requirements: be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old on Election Day, and a resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days. Voters must not have had their right to vote revoked and cannot be serving any part of a felony sentence. Learn more at www.mnvotes.org

Do I Need to Bring an ID?

If your voter registration is current and active, you do not need to bring identification. This means you were successfully registered at least 21 days before Election Day and you have not moved or changed names since then. If you need to register or update your registration, or you have not voted in four years or more, you will need to show proof of identity and residence before voting. Learn more at www.mnvotes.org

College Students Have Special Provisions 

College students should vote from the address they consider home. That may be their school address or their parent's address. Learn more at https://www.sos.state.mn.us/media/3945/college-students-2020.pdf

Ballot Processing Starts October 20th

For 2020 only, the Legislature allowed us to start processing the ballots being returned by early voters two weeks prior to election day. Our trained teams work in pairs to review and process ballots. Actual results aren't tabulated until Election Day night and are some of the first results posted.

Political Party Affiliation is Not Required to Vote 

Minnesota does not have political party registration. Votes are not asked to publicly declare affiliation with a political party. Your party affiliation is not known by election staff, election judges, and is not part of your early voting materials or ballot.

The Cycle of an Absentee and Mail-in Ballot 

The Blue Earth County Elections office receives hundreds of ballots each week, but it’s not as simple as storing them once they’re received.  KEYC News Now covered the cycle a few days ago here: https://www.keyc.com/2020/10/12/blue-earth-county-explains-cycle-an-absentee-mail-in-ballot/

You Can See the Ballot You'll Receive Prior to Voting  

A sample ballot that matches your specific ballot is available.  You can even bring it into the polling place with you. Find yours at https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/whats-on-my-ballot or visit the county's election office.

Early Voting in Record Numbers  

BE County voters are voting early in record numbers! Over 9,000 ballots have already been accepted. That is nearly 25% of the expected vote.  Get your ballot turned in soon or vote early in person. Learn more at www.becvotes.org

Ballots can be Dropped Off in Mapleton and Lake Crystal  

County voters may drop off their ballots at Mapleton and Lake Crystal City Halls. It's available Monday through Friday 8am to 4pm through November 2. This secure service returns the the ballot to the county's election office daily.

Voter Pre-registration Ends October 13 

While you can still register up to and on Election Day, pre-registering for the election is the easiest and fastest way to help you vote securely. Check your registration status at www.mnvotes.org

Early Voting Ballot Processing Starts October 20  

Due to a special law passed this year, ballots can begin to be processed and counted by our tabulating machines at 5pm on October 20.  The actual vote results aren't released until 8pm on election night.  Our mail-in ballots are actually some of the first vote results posted across the state.

Return Vote from Home Absentee Ballots  

The county encourages voters to return their absentee ballots as soon as they are ready to ensure any possible issues can be resolved prior to Election Day. Absentee ballots must be post-marked no later than election day, but if you have made your selections, you can return your ballot now.

Ballot Drop off Booth is Open 

If you have a quick voting question, want to drop off your ballot, or learn more about the election, you can visit us at our Drop and Go Quick Service booth. It's located in the south parking lot at the Historic Courthouse at 204 S. 5th Street in Mankato and open Mon-Fri 8am to 4:30pm.

Plan Time for Mail Delivery if Voting by Mail  

It could take as many as 6 days for the post office to deliver your ballot to you and another 6 days for it to be returned to the elections office. We recommend you request to vote from home now to ensure enough mailing time at www.mnvotes.org. 

Checking Your Voter Registration Now  

Minnesota allows voters to register on Election Day, but pre-registering prior to Election Day is the easiest and fastest way to help you vote.  Check your registration status or register for the November 3 election at www.mnvotes.org.

Postage is Pre-Paid if You're Voting by Mail  

Voting by mail is always free in Minnesota. You don't need to add stamps when returning your voted ballot by mail as long as you use the envelope provided by the elections office.

Polling Place Election Judges Represent All Parties  

We must have party balance among the election judges who work in the polling places. If you are interested in serving as an election judge, apply at www.becvotes.org. We currently have a need for not affiliated and Republican-affiliated judges.

You Have Many Ways to Return Your Ballot  

If you are voting early, you have three ways to make sure your ballot is returned: mail your ballot back in the pre-paid envelope, you can drop it off, or you can have someone drop it off for you. Learn more at www.becvotes.org

Voting by Mail is Safe and Secure  

Voting by mail is safe and secure.  We verify the ballot materials when they are returned to our office to ensure it comes from the voter and that the voter has only returned one ballot for the election. Learn more about voting from home at www.becvotes.org

You May Get Multiple Absentee Ballot Applications  

Many groups and political parties are doing voter outreach this election. You may receive multiple absentee ballot applications or other mailings. You only need to complete one absentee ballot application, if you wish to vote at home, and return it to our office.​

Ballots are in the Mail    

Our ballots are in the mail! About 14,500 voters in BEC will be receiving their ballots in the mail the next several days. Track the status of your ballot or request one at www.mnvotes.org

September 22, 2020 is National Voter Registration Day    

Pre-registering for the election s the easiest and fastest way to help you vote securely.  September 22, 2020 is National Voter Registration Day, so check your registration status or register for the November 3 election at www.mnvotes.org.​

Voting from Home is Safe and Easy    

Over 40% of Blue Earth County's registered voters have requested to vote from home or automatically get a ballot at home. We're working hard to get those in the mail, and we hope to have them going out as soon as September 22.

Early Voting starts Friday, September 18    

If you've already requested a ballot or live in a precinct that automatically gets a ballot, you will receive it in the mail starting September 22 or in about 7-10 days after your request. Track the status of your ballot or request one at www.mnvotes.org.