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Early voting on the rise ahead of primary election

Updated: August 10, 2020 06:27 PM

Voters made their way to the polls Monday morning in Duluth to vote early for the primary election in Minnesota and is a common way many have been voting during COVID-19.

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City of Duluth officials said they have seen a large influx in absentee ballots. They ask those who hand deliver the ballots to city hall on Election Day to do it by 3 p.m. since ballots can't be returned to precincts.

Mailed ballots that are post-marked on or before Election Day will be accepted until the end of the day on Aug. 13. You can check the status of your ballot by clicking here.

City of Duluth Director of Administrative Services Chelsea Helmer said they have seen a steady number of voters come through and are expecting that is going to have an impact both on early voting and the precincts on Election Day.

"As of this morning we have about 6,800 ballots received which is actually higher than some of the total voter turnout that we have seen in state primaries in previous years," said Helmer.

For those who choose to vote in person Tuesday, Helmer said to expect delays due to health and safety measures that are in place for COVID-19. Helmer said to be prepared to wait in line to accommodate social distancing.

As a reminder, masks will be required in polling locations. Disposable masks will be provided in case you forget it at home or need one.

If a voter is exempt from the executive face mask order, election workers will offer curbside voting so the voter doesn't come in the building.

Polling places will be disinfected constantly. Hand sanitizer will be provided and barriers between voters and judges will be placed too.

All City of Duluth precincts will open at 7:00 a.m. on Election Day, and close at 8:00 p.m. As of Monday evening the City of Duluth had collected over 7,700 absentee ballots and in-person voting ballots. 

Click here for election information in Duluth. 

Click here for details on polling places in Superior.

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