Minnesota accepted absentee ballots will smash record soon

Minnesota election officials have accepted 635,003 absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 general election.

Any day, the state will smash its record for accepted absentee ballots. The record is 676,722 during the 2016 general election.

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There have been 1.54 million absentee ballot requests. That number of requests is already record-breaking. As of Friday, the return rate is 41 percent.

Minnesota absentee voting started Sept. 18.

Accepted ballots by week: 

Week 3 (10/2-10/8): 298,986 
Week 2 (9/25-10/1): 260,506 
Week 1 (9/18-9/24): 75,511*

*This number is lower in the first week because the absentee process takes time. Ballots have to be mailed to voters, filled in, sent back, and accepted.