Maybe there really is a buzz around the primary campaign.
The Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office reported today that by this morning, it had received 21,703 absentee ballots, a number far higher than recent non-presidential primaries. (In 2002, there were 18,850 absentee ballots and 19,859 in 2006.)
There has been considerable speculation that the new, August primary date would produce a wide show of apathy.
“These numbers are encouraging and may indicate that Minnesotans are engaged and planning ahead,” Secretary of State Mark Ritchie said in a statement.
There still are opportunities for people to participate in “in-person’’ absentee balloting, according to Ritchie’s office. In-person balloting priory to Tuesday will be available at the offices of county auditors and some city clerk’s offices from 10 to 3 p.m. Saturday and during the business day on Monday.