Posted at: 10/12/2012 6:46 PM
Updated at: 10/12/2012 6:53 PM
By: Steph Crock
(ABC 6 News) -- Many voters who can’t make it to the polls on election day are certainly planning ahead. We've learned more than 100,000 Minnesotans have already requested absentee ballots. We broke down those numbers to see where counties in our area sit.
"It's been extremely busy here at the office," said Kathy Grant with the Mower County Absentee Ballot Board, and it's only going to get busier for them.
"Well activity in Mower County is heavy right now. We've had actually 607 absentee ballot applications that we've processed to date and we've accepted actually 307," said Mower County Auditor Doug Groh. That's just in Mower County. In Olmsted County, they've sent out 3,264 to date and Freeborn County has sent out 556 absentee ballots.
It seems like a lot, but Groh says the pace is about the same as last election. "In 2008 we had about 2,200 absentee ballots," he said. He also says he expects absentee voting to pick up. I believe more people in this particular area are turning to absentee ballots," said Groh.
Absentee votes are just as important as the one’s on election day. Republican Representative Rich Murray has seen first-hand how they can make-or-break a close race. "All of those absentee ballots meant something, and you know what? If people want to be a part of the process, they've got to get out and vote," said Rep. Murray.
This is something both parties can agree on. "The Democratic Party always sends out sample ballots to people and tries to encourage them, in any way we can, to get out and vote," said Democratic Representative Tina Liebling.
So if there's even a chance you won’t be around November 6th." It's so important not to give up your right," said Rep. Liebling.
"They can just go right down to the court house and get that taken care of, or have it mailed out to them and send it back. There’s plenty of time to get it done," said Rep. Murray.
You can still request an absentee ballot and to get a list of candidates in your area, you can go to The Secretary of States website. We've posted that link on our website under the links tab.