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Check on Your Absentee Ballot's Status Transcript

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[Opening with the State of Minnesota seal in the background. ASL narrator Sarah Houge appears, with the following words visible on the screen, “Check on Your Absentee Ballot’s Status. Produced by the Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans. Sarah begins to sign, the CC begins and the voiceover begins.]

[Background: Desk with Official Absentee Balloting Material envelope.]

If you applied for an absentee ballot recently, you can check on its status online to find out where it is in the process.

Checking on your absentee ballot online is easy and takes just a few minutes. If you don’t have a computer or Internet access, contact your county elections office.

[Background: Minnesota Votes website. A scrolling arrow shows the navigation to finding out your absentee ballot’s status.]

To check on your absentee ballot online, go to the Minnesota Votes website. Look for how to check on the status of your absentee ballot. 

Once you find the right page, type in your first and last name.

Then enter your date of birth by choosing your month, day and year of birth from the drop down menu.

Then it asks for your ID number.  You need to give one of the ID numbers that you included on your absentee ballot application.  If you gave your driver’s license number, type it in the box.  If you gave the last four digits of your Social Security number instead, choose that in the drop down menu and type in your last four digits. 

Then, click on “Continue.”

[Background: The absentee ballot status page on the Minnesota Votes website.]

The second screen will tell you what has happened with your absentee ballot.  Has your application been approved?  Has your ballot been mailed?  Have they received your ballot back in the mail?  Has it been accepted?  Has it been counted?

[The following words briefly appear onscreen: The second screen will also tell you if it could not find your application.]

Or, if they can’t find a record of your application, it will tell you that too.  You may have entered some of the information wrong – did you use a nickname instead of your legal name?  Of maybe it hasn’t been long enough since you sent in your application.  

If you have questions, there’s a link so that you can look up the contact information for your county election office.  

For more information, go to the Minnesota Votes website. 

[MNCDHH logo is shown. Video ends.]

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