Regular Absentee Voting for the August 11, 2020 State Primary Election
Opens 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 10, 2020.
The absentee voting process will continue to be held as in the past. Though the building may be closed during the voting period voters will be allowed into the building without an appointment. However, staff will be conscious of social distancing and may limit the number of people in line at the office. Meet the attendee at the front door for assistance. Please review the following guidelines for regular absentee voting.
Voting Absentee by Mail-Interested individuals must submit an Absentee Ballot Application before an Absentee Ballot can be issued/mailed. An application can be requested and submitted by one of the following methods:
1). Online Application-At this link you can complete and submit an application for an Absentee Ballot. Upon receipt of your online application, the appropriate ballot, envelopes, and instructions will be mailed.
2). Paper Absentee Ballot Application-A Paper Absentee Ballot Application can be obtained as follows:
Online at this link or if you do not have internet access, please call the Elections Office and a Paper Absentee Ballot Application will be mailed. Complete the application, print the application and then either scan and email the application or mail the application to the Election Office. Upon receipt of your Paper Absentee Ballot Application, the appropriate ballot, envelopes, and instructions will be mailed.
3). Voting Absentee In Person-Interested individuals can submit an Absentee Ballot Application and submit their Absentee Ballot in person at the Otter Tail County Auditor-Treasurer’s office in the Government Services Center, beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, June 26, 2020. In Person Absentee Voting continues during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) through Monday, August 10, 2020 with an additional half-hour added at the end of the day on Monday, August 10, 2020. In addition to our normal business hours, the office is also open for Absentee Voting on Saturday, August 8, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
Voting Absentee in Person provides you with the opportunity to complete and submit your Absentee Ballot Application, receive your Absentee Ballot Materials, and cast your Absentee Ballot all in a single process.
***Special Note Regarding In Person Absentee Voting-Currently, the Government Services Center is only open to the public by appointment. However, appointments for the purpose of Absentee Voting are not and will not be required. When you arrive at the public entrance to the Government Services Center you will indicate to the door attendee that you are here for the purpose of Absentee Voting and they will give you access to the building and additional instructions as needed. Please note, if you are planning to conduct business with other County Departments on the same day as you have chosen to vote absentee, be advised that you will need to contact those other departments in advance to schedule an appointment and to follow their guidelines.
Other Important Absentee Voting Information-Significant information regarding Absentee Voting (for example, tracking your Absentee Ballot through the process) can be found at this link. Always follow the instructions provided with the Absentee Ballot Materials that you were mailed.
When submitting either an Online Absentee Ballot Application or a Paper Absentee Ballot Application (by email or regular mail), please remember to apply as early as you can to provide the elections office adequate time to mail your Absentee Ballot Materials to you. Please remember to return your voted Absentee Ballot Materials as soon as you can so they arrive on or before the deadline to be counted.
Absentee Ballots must be returned to the Otter Tail County Auditor-Treasurer’s office in the Government Services Center located at 510 Fir Ave W., Fergus Falls MN on or before Election Day to be counted. Absentee Ballots can be returned by the voter or agent in person until 3:00 p.m. on Election Day. If the Absentee Ballot is being delivered by mail or a package delivery service, the ballot must arrive at the address listed above no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.