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Minnesota election officials continue counting absentee ballots, final results due Friday


August 14, 2020

Absentee Ballot Board member Dennis Stienessen, left, with Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Michelle Hanson scan ballots into the ballot-counting machine Wednesday at the Kandiyohi County Auditor/Treasurer's Office in Willmar the day after the primary election. (Erica Dischino / West Central Tribune)

ST. PAUL - Election officials around the state on Thursday, Aug. 13, continued counting hundreds of absentee ballots that trickled in following Tuesday's primary contests.

The Secretary of State's Office set a midnight deadline to finish reporting the election results and anticipated a complete listing of the outcome would be available early Friday. The secretary is also set to announce the rate of voter turnout in the primary contests.

The state saw a swell in demand for absentee ballots amid the COVID-19 pandemic and hundreds of thousands cast their ballots by mail. And that caused expected delays in getting a complete count on statewide and regional races around the state.


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