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Absentee Voting for 2013 Election Begins Friday

If you are going to be gone over Election Day, now is the time to plan ahead and vote absentee.

Absentee voting begins on Sept. 20.
Absentee voting begins on Sept. 20.
While November may seem far away, it's not early to plan ahead when it comes to voting.

While Minnesota doesn't offer early voting, it does offer absentee voting, which begins on Friday, Sept. 20. Those who will be unable to vote on Election Day can vote anytime starting Friday until the day before the election.

There are four reasons to vote absentee:

1. If you will be absent on Election Day.

2. If you are ill or disabled.

3. If you are an election judge in another precinct.

4. If you will be observing a religious holiday.

To apply to vote absentee, you can print out an application from the Secretary of State website and turn it in at Minneapolis City Hall, 350 5th St. S. Room 1B on the ground floor.

Once turned in, you can vote that day in person or you can vote via USPS mail.

If you are not registered to vote yet and want to vote absentee your identification card or driver's license with a current name and address will be needed. If you've recently moved and your identification has your old address a current utility bill with current address will work.

Absentee voting at city hall can take place between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until Nov. 1. In addition, two Saturday sessions are being offered from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. The day before the election, Monday, Nov. 4, voting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, go to vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/absentee.

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