Rice County Elections Director Denise Anderson says absentee voting for the August Primary will start in Rice County on June 26, 2020.  Due to COVID-19 she urges voters to vote by mail to ensure the safety of voters and poll workers.

Voters are strongly encouraged to apply for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you for the upcoming elections.  Online applications are currently available.  Visit here to apply.

Local COVID-19 health conditions and the on-going remodeling of the Rice County Government Services Building present social distancing challenges to in-person absentee voting and may result in long voting times.  For voters who do choose to absentee vote in person at the Rice County Government Services Building in Faribault or Northfield City Hall Anderson says, "We ask that you bring your own pen and face mask and limit non-essential visitors accompanying you, including children, if at all possible."

Rice County election officials are also encouraging voters to pre-register to vote to reduce voting times.  Go here to register.

All registered voters living in a mail ballot precinct will automatically receive a ballot for the August Primary and November General Election.  Mail ballot precincts in Rice County include the Rice County portion of Dennison and Richland Township.

For questions the Rice County Elections Office phone number is 507-332-6104 or send your inquiry to rcelections@co.rice.mn.us

All this information is available for other area counties also other than the Rice County specific information included.  You can pre-register to vote above if you live anywhere in Minnesota and the absentee ballot link is also to the Minnesota Secretary of State Elections Division website.

All County Auditor's office and Municipal Clerk's office conducting Absentee Ballot voting must be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Saturday and until 5 p.m. the Monday before state primary election - at least 46 days prior to the state Primary Election.