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Early voting starts Friday in Clay County

Make a plan to vote! Election Day is Nov. 8 in Cass and Clay counties.

Voting at Hjemkomst in Moorhead
Voters fill their ballots Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead.
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MOORHEAD — Early voting will kick off across Minnesota on Friday, Sept. 23, and Clay County residents will be able to cast their votes at the Clay County Auditor's Office, 3510 12th Ave. S. in Moorhead.

The Auditor's Office will be open to voters during regular hours, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extended hours available Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In Cass County, North Dakota, early voting will begin Oct. 31, with voting centers open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Voters who choose to wait until Election Day to cast their ballots can vote at their local polling places Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Clay County

Voter registration:

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  • Oct. 18: The deadline to register to vote online or by mail.
  • Nov. 8: Voters can register in-person at polling places on Election Day with a valid ID that has a current address or an ID with a bill or lease agreement that shows a current address.
  • Registration status can be checked at mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/VoterStatus.aspx?ref=voteusa_en.

Absentee Ballots:

  • In Clay County, absentee ballot applications can be filled out anytime. The ballot itself, however, needs to be returned by Election Day to be counted. Absentee Ballot applications should be returned as soon as possible to allow time for mailing. 
  • Absentee ballot materials will be sent to voters at least 46 days before the election, according to the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. For applications received after this date, the ballot will be sent when the application is received. 

Early Voting:

  • Voters can vote early in-person at their county election office with an absentee ballot.

More information about voting in Minnesota is available at www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/. People with questions about voting in Clay County can call 218-299-5006.

Cass County

In North Dakota, there is no voter registration, but voters must present a valid ID with a residential address in order to vote.

Absentee Ballots:

  • Sept. 29: Absentee ballots will be mailed out to voters who have applied for them.
  • Oct. 12: Voters should contact the Finance Office if they submitted an application but have yet to receive a ballot.
  • Oct. 16: Last day to return an application via mail to the Cass County Finance Office. After this date, voters should drop applications off at the Cass County Courthouse.
  • Oct. 30: Last day ballots will be mailed to voters
  • Nov. 7: Completed ballots must be postmarked on or before this date. Cass County recommends that voters mail their ballots at least a week before Election Day. If voters miss that deadline, Cass County suggests ballots be dropped off at the Cass County Courthouse. The deadline for those ballots is 5 p.m. on Nov. 7.

Early Voting:

  • Oct. 31 - Nov. 4: Early, in-person voting will be available at voting centers Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit vote.nd.gov for more information. People with questions about voting in Cass County can call 701-241-5600.

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