The city of Winona is asking residents to consider voting early by absentee ballot or in person due to COVID-19.
“We’re prepared for a big turnout on election day, and all our poll sites will have protective measures for COVID-19,” said City Clerk Monica Hennessy Mohan. “But those measures may also lead to longer lines and more delays than usual, so we’re asking those who can vote before election day to do so.”
The three ways to vote before election day are absentee ballot by mail, absentee ballot in-person, or direct balloting in-person. All in-person voting before election day is held at the Winona County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office, located at 202 West Third Street.
Any resident may request an absentee ballot by mail by visiting www.mnvotes.org, mail it back using the enclosed pre-addressed postage-paid envelope, or drop it off at the Winona County Office Building, 202 West Third Street, during normal business hours on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Residents may also complete an absentee ballot in-person at the Winona County Auditor-Treasurer’s Office during normal business hours, and on Saturday, October 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Finally, starting on Tuesday, October 27, residents may vote in-person at the Auditor-Treasurer’s Office through direct balloting. Direct balloting allows the voter to place their ballot directly in the ballot tabulating machine to be counted immediately.
The county will also be open for absentee and early voting on Saturday, October 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Monday, November 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The first step for residents is to ensure they’re registered to vote. Residents may visit www.mnvotes.org to check their information or register, or call the City Clerk’s office at 507-457-8200 or Winona County at 507-457-8830 with any questions and to have the voter registration application mailed to them.
Residents are encouraged to register by October 13 in order to make the voting process simpler. If you miss this deadline, you may still vote by completing an election day registration form when you go to vote.
While city hall and departments remain closed to the public, departments offer virtual programming, curbside services, and appointments; visit their websites and Facebook pages for details. Visit cityofwinona.com and facebook.com/cityofwinonacovid19 for regular updates on the city’s response to COVID-19.