Tuesday's primary results could face delays

MINNESOTA – A note from Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon asks for the people’s patience during the primary election Tuesday, stating results are going to delayed due to the 48 hours of relief granted by the Minnesota Legislature. That 48 hours is given to allow election officials sufficient time to count ballots.

The COVID pandemic means more absentee votes than normal, Simon said, which means more processing time for county election offices.

Simon said it might take a few days or even up to a week until all ballots are in and counted. Minnesota absentee voters previously had to have their ballots received by Election Day. Now they must be postmarked by Election Day and may be accepted within 2 days later for the August 11 Primary or 7 days later for the November 3 General Election.

Nobles County Auditor/Treasurer Joyce Jacobs said they will be counting ballots Tuesday night after the polls close at 8 p.m., and will run an update on Thursday night for any other ballots that come in postmarked by August 11. The drop box outside the Government Center, however, will be locked at 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

Jacobs said people have been very good about getting ballots returned in a timely manner, but she reminds voters that during the primary, parties cannot be crossed.

“There are four parties listed on the ballots, and people can only vote for one party during the primary,” she reiterated.

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