Election Day is a little more than three weeks away, and many of those who won’t be able to vote on November 6th are already sending in their absentee ballots. The Secretary of State’s Office says that more than 100,000 absentee ballots were requested this year, and of those ballots, more than 41,000 have already been returned and accepted. That number had nearly doubled in about a week. Absentee voters are encouraged to apply for their ballot materials as soon as possible online, or they can visit their county auditor’s office to vote absentee in-person. In some cases, voters can visit their city clerk for these services. To track the status of an absentee ballot or to obtain additional information on voting absentee, go to www.mnvotes.org.