Election Day is here, and Mower County Auditor/Treasurer Scott Felten stated in a news release that a court ruling on October 29th changed the deadline for returning ballots in order for them to be counted. Absentee ballots must be received in the Elections Office by 3:00 p.m. this afternoon and Mail ballots must be received in the Elections Office by 8:00 p.m. this evening to be counted. Do NOT mail in your absentee or mail ballot.
Felten went on to state that the last day for in-person absentee voting was Monday, November 2. Voters can drop-off absentee ballots until 3:00 p.m. this afternoon at the Mower County Elections Office in Austin City Hall.
Voters must vote at their designated polling place on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3. For all City of Austin voters, their polling place is the Austin Holiday Inn Conference Center. You are asked to please enter on the west side of the building.
On Election Day, Felten stated that voters in the following Mower County cities and townships can vote in-person at the Mower County Elections Office in Austin City Hall, located at 500 4th Ave. NE in Austin from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Voters in mail ballot precincts can also drop-off their ballots from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Mower County Elections Office. Mail balloting cities in Mower County include Elkton, Mapleview, Rose Creek, Sargeant and Taopi. Mail balloting townships in the county include Austin, Clayton, Frankford, Grand Meadow, Lansing, Marshall, Nevada, Pleasant Valley, Sargeant, Udolpho, Waltham and Windom.
Felten went on to state that if voters in mail ballot precincts still have the ballot packet, which includes the ballot and envelopes that was mailed to them previously, they should bring it in with them as it will shorten the time it takes them to vote.
A reminder that the Mower County Elections Office is in Austin City Hall which is the “old” Austin Utilities building and is located across the street from the new Austin YMCA and Rec Center and Accentra Credit Union.
Felten stated in the news release that through the end of the day on Monday, Nov. 2, approximately 11,400 absentee and mail ballots have been accepted, which means about 52.5% of Mower County registered voters have already voted. Nearly 58% of City of Austin voters have already voted by absentee.