Overseas voter Web site updated with $226,000 federal grant

The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State updated the Minnesota Military and Overseas Voter Service Web site with a $226,255 Department of Defense Federal Grant.

The enhanced Web site now includes clear step-by-step instructions, instructional videos on how to apply for and return an absentee ballot, a new option that provides voters with the candidates and questions that will be on their ballots, and a customized update for Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot that will provide voters with the names of the candidates in federal, state and local races.

Military and overseas voters are encouraged to use the Military and Overseas Voter Service Web site to apply for their absentee ballots. Voters can access the Web site at http://minnesota.overseas votefoundation.org.

Minnesota law allows military personnel and voters overseas the option of receiving their ballots electronically but requires the voters to return paper copies of their ballots. The absentee balloting period for the Nov. 6 General Election began Sept. 21.

“County election officials are accepting absentee ballot applications now,” said Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. “If you are in the military or will be overseas on Election Day, submit your absentee ballot application to your county auditor and request that your ballot be either e-mailed or faxed to you. All absentee ballots must be received back at your county’s election office on or before Nov. 6.”

Additional information on voter eligibility and registration is available by visiting the secretary of state’s voter Web page: www.mnvotes.org.

This effort is funded through a grant from the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP).