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North Dakota absentee ballot update

BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) – The primary election is just eight days away, and as voters prepare to cast their ballots in person, many have already voted by mail after requesting absentee ballots. The Secretary of State’s office says they have sent out more than 38,000 absentee ballots to voters across the state and have received more than 19,000 back.

Secretary of State Mike Howe said North Dakota is not mailing mass absentee ballots and you should request one. Howe said once they verify that you are the voter, they will send you a ballot.

“You can fill that out and return it to your county elections official, but it must be postmarked the day before Election Day. This year it is June 10. If that ballot is postmarked the day after June 11 or 12, it doesn’t count,” Howe said.

Howe said the secretary of state’s office doesn’t handle any of the ballots — it’s a matter for each county.

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