St. Louis County Auditor issues updated guidance for voters who'd planned to vote my mail

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County Auditor-Treasurer  • 100 North Fifth Avenue West, Room 214 • Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 726-2380 •

Nancy Nilsen
St. Louis County Auditor-Treasurer




October 30, 2020

MEDIA CONTACT: Phil Chapman, Deputy Auditor, Supervisor of Elections

(218) 726-2445


St. Louis County Auditor issues updated guidance for voters who'd planned to vote my mail

The St. Louis County Auditor is urging anyone who planned to vote by mail, who has not yet done so, to instead hand deliver their ballot to ensure it is received in time to be counted. Currently in St. Louis County, there are approximately 10,000 ballots that have been sent out but not yet returned.


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit yesterday overruled the state-approved consent decree that would have allowed any ballot postmarked on or before Election Day to be counted as long as it was received by November 10.  At this time, the court is requiring that any ballots received by mail after 8 p.m. on election night be separated. The district court will decide if those ballots are to be counted. 


Voters who have already mailed their ballot can track it at If their ballot has not yet been received the voter can vote in person by absentee up to 5 p.m. on Monday, or at their polling place on Election Day.


Voters who have not yet mailed their ballot can deliver it by hand to their issuing jurisdiction or to the County Auditor’s Office at the St. Louis County Courthouse in Duluth or the Government Services Center-Virginia. If a voter is hand delivering a ballot, it must be dropped off by 3 p.m. on Election Day. Voters can hand deliver their ballot directly to the office or leave it in the secure drop box located outside the building. It is important to note that an absentee ballot cannot be dropped off at the voter's polling place on Election Day.


Voters can cast their vote in person with an absentee ballot if their jurisdiction issues absentee ballots through Monday, November 2. The St. Louis County Auditor's Office in Duluth and Virginia will be open extended hours for absentee voting on Saturday, October 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Monday, November 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


More information on in-person absentee voting, including cities and townships with voting locations, can be found online at