The numbers suggest Minnesotans are taking advantage of opportunities to vote early in the November election.   Secretary of State Steve Simon says more voters are requesting and returning absentee ballots this year:

“I think particularly after our collective experience in 2020 where we had surge in absentee balloting people have acquired a taste for voting that way. And I think a growing number of people don’t necessarily want to be told that they can only vote on a given day at a given place during given hours.”

Simon says we’re a little bit ahead of the pace from the 2018 midterm, the last non-presidential election.  He predicts Minnesota will be first in nation for voter turnout for the third straight election.