Absentee ballots may be checked on line

Add checking on absentee ballot status to things Minnesotans can do on line.

The secretary of state’s office launched the program at www.mnvotes.org, where voters can find a variety of other election-related information including whether they are registered.

The absentee voting check tells:

– Whether absentee ballot application has been received.

– If a ballot has been sent.

– When a ballot has been received.

– Whether the ballot has been rejected.

Absentee ballot problems were the main reason the 2008 U.S. Senate race was not resolved for more than a half year.

More than 150,000 Minnesotans are expected to vote absentee.

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