Secretary of State Simon encourages mail-in voting

More than 1.3 million Minnesotans have requested mail-in ballots for the November election so far. 

Secretary of State Steve Simon is encouraging more voters to do the same during the coronavirus pandemic.

Simon said, “No one is saying that polling places are a death trap and you should run for your lives. What we are saying is use your head, use caution, think about ways you can mitigate risk, up to and including using alternate ways of voting.” 

Minnesotans are able to vote by mail up until Election Day as long as the ballot is postmarked Nov. 3 and arrives by Nov. 10.

Voters in Beltrami County can also vote absentee in-person until 3 p.m. Nov. 3, and a ballot box is located outside the County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office, on the second floor of the Beltrami Administration Building.

Auditor-Treasurer JoDee Treat says those who request or receive mail-in ballots can drop them off in person if they are uncomfortable sending ballots through the mail.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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