This past summer the state sent out a “do you want a mail-in ballot” form and it asked about the primary and general election. I checked both boxes so wasn’t surprised when the ballot for November showed up two weeks back.
I had actually intended on going on election day to vote but YA wanted to vote early. In fact, she was rather adamant about it. So we both filled out the ballot and got then into the envelopes to mail. That was when she informed me that she didn’t want to mail the ballots because she was worried about the postal service getting clogged up. I said I didn’t think that was likely, but certainly not a month out. But I acquiesced and looked up where you could drop your ballot off. Downtown. Ick. I detest driving downtown and I didn’t want to pay $10-$15 for parking either. But the drive-by drop-off in August didn’t happen until just a few days before the primary and YA was nagging me every day; I knew she wouldn’t want to wait until the end of October.
So yesterday I took a deep breath and looked up the exact location for drop-off and was ready to drive downtown and take the plunge when I saw a link to drive-by drop-off. Yesterday was the first day! As I headed into town I was a bit worried that it would be hard to find or that there would be big crowds, but I worried needlessly. As I turned right onto 4th Avenue South, there were big banners at the sidewalk and there was only one other car in the drop-off area. The worker who came out to take the ballots was friendly and helpful. I mentioned that I was glad the weather was so accommodating and hoped it would stay that way. She told me that they would actually be getting a tent soon so they would be able to operate in the rain. Way to think it through Minnesota!
How will you be placing your vote this election? In person? Mail-in? Drop-off? Drive-through?