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Early primary voting begins Friday

Absentee ballots can be requested and Duluthians can vote early in person at City Hall.

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Voters fill in their ballots at Duluth City Hall on Oct. 23, 2020.
Samantha Erkkila / File / Duluth News Tribune
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DULUTH — Although Minnesota's primary election isn't until Aug. 9, early voting begins Friday.

To request an absentee ballot, go to mnvotes.org . Duluth voters can also request an absentee ballot and get more information at duluthmn.gov/city-clerk .

A witness is required for 2022 primary ballots, the city said in a release Tuesday.

The city said voters should request an absentee ballot before July 15 to ensure it's delivered in time. Voters should also mail return ballots by Aug. 2 to ensure delivery before Election Day, the city said.

"Voters can also return ballots in person to City Hall. Absentee ballots are recommended to be received by the City Clerk’s Office by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Aug. 9, 2022," the city said.

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To vote early in person, Duluth voters can, beginning Friday, go to City Hall's Room 318. An appointment is not needed, the city said.

Hours for in-person early voting at Duluth City Hall:

  • Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Aug. 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Aug. 8, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

The primary election will narrow races where there are multiple candidates in each party — governor, secretary of state, attorney general, the 8th Congressional District and multiple state House and state Senate races — down to one candidate per major party in each race for the Nov. 8 general election.
Additionally, the primary will whittle nonpartisan races, including St. Louis County sheriff and St. Louis County commissioner District 6, down from three candidates to two ahead of the general election.

To look up who specifically is on your ballot, go to myballotmn.sos.state.mn.us and enter your address.

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