Voters may apply for absentee ballots in Cass County

Absentee ballots do not require witnesses for registered voters this year.

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Voters may apply now for absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 state general election online, in-person, by mail or by submitting a completed application via fax or email.

For information, applications and a complete list of Cass County in-person absentee ballot locations, contact the Cass County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office at 218-547-7210, or visit the Cass County website at "Elections/Voting" link.

Cass County has limited public access to all buildings with courtrooms and court proceedings remaining open. The Cass County Courthouse is located at 303 Minnesota Ave. W, Walker. Voters and people with election business should enter through the North entrance. All other in-person county business must be conducted from the Law Enforcement Center entrance.

Starting Sept. 18, election business hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. All absentee ballot locations will have extended hours for absentee voting for the general election; those hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, and until 5 p.m. Monday Nov. 2.

Assistive voting equipment is available at all in-person absentee voting locations. For all other absentee ballot locations besides the Cass County office, contact the local government for their entrance policy.


Absentee ballots do not require a “witness” this year unless they are for non-registered voters. A witness may be any registered voter of Minnesota, including a spouse or relative; a notary public; or any person having authority to administer an oath. The witness must include a complete street address and sign the voter’s absentee ballot envelope for the ballot to be accepted.

Voters in mail ballot precincts not currently registered to vote may pre-register no later than by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in person or by midnight online to have a ballot mailed to them automatically, or after that date may register and apply to vote absentee ballot or vote in-person on Election Day no later than 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Visit to register or to check registration status online, apply for an absentee ballot by mail, view sample ballots, and to access important voter information.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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