McLeod County Auditor-Treasurer, Cindy Schultz, has released information to the public concerning the process for voting by absentee ballot in the November 6th State General Election.
Ballots for the State General Election are available to voters who will be absent from the precinct or unable to go to the polling place due to illness, physical disability, religious observance, or serve as an election judge in another precinct. Schultz encourages those who plan to be out of town on Election Day or who are disabled and unable to go to their polling place to apply for an absentee ballot.
Applications for absentee voting may be obtained from the McLeod County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office in person, by mail, by email
(firstname.lastname@example.org), by fax (320-864-3268) or by visiting the McLeod County website (www.co.mcleod.mn.us).
Applications and absentee ballots can also be obtained at the City of Hutchinson for only residents of Hutchinson.
Eligible voters may cast their ballots either by mail or in person at the McLeod County AuditorTreasurer’s Office. The office has extended hours for absentee voting prior to Election Day. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3rd and Monday, November 5th, until 5:00 p.m.
Schultz says if you apply by mail, apply early to make certain you can mail back or deliver your absentee ballot before Election Day.
You can return your application for absentee voting by fax, mail, or in person. If you are in the military or outside the United States,
you vote based on where you last lived in Minnesota. Planning ahead will ensure that your ballot will be counted on Election Day. Any ballots received after November 6th will not be counted.
In person you can apply and vote at the McLeod County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office or at the City of Hutchinson (only the residents residing in Hutchinson City limits) during normal office hours or from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3rd or
until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5th before Election Day.
Voters who apply for an absentee ballot by mail are encouraged to apply no later than Wednesday, October 31st to ensure the timely arrival of the ballot on or prior to Election Day November 6th.
Eligible voters in health care facilities located in the municipality where they reside may obtain an absentee ballot application from election judges who will visit the facility prior to Election Day.
Voters should contact the McLeod County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office at 320-864-1203 or residents of Hutchinson can call 320-587-5151, for additional information pertaining to absentee voting.