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Published June 25, 2010, 08:26 AM

Absentee Voting for Minnesota Primary Begins

Minnesota voters may cast absentee ballots starting today under the state's new primary election schedule.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Voters who plan to be at the lake in August can cast absentee ballots starting today under Minnesota's new primary election schedule.

The state moved the primary up to Aug. 10, about a month earlier than the traditional September primary.

Voters can cast absentee ballots if they will be away from home on primary day, have an illness or disability, serve as an election judge in another precinct or have a religious reason for voting early. Mail-in ballots can be downloaded from the Secretary of State's website. Absentee voters can also vote in person at a city clerk's or county auditor's office.

A new law updated the ballot materials to fix problems that emerged in the 2008 U.S. Senate recount and court contest.

Absentee voting runs through Aug. 9.