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Will ballots be counted on election night? Some states yes, others no

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DULUTH, MN-- We are one week away from the 2020 election and many have already been making their voices heard.

County clerks are saying elections are always busy, but presidential elections are a different story.

In St. Louis County, they have seen almost triple the number of absentee ballots this election than in 2016.

Phil Chapman, the Clerk for St. Louis County said, "As of today, we had county-wide, we had 56,682 people ask for absentee ballots, and 40,872 have been returned to us."

In Douglas County, Wisconsin, the demand for early voting has also increased significantly.

"In Douglas County we're close to 11,000 with absentee ballots mailed and about 8,000 in returned ballots," said County Clerk Susan Sandvick.

While you may have cast your vote, when results are finalized depends on which state you live in.

In Wisconsin, they're expecting it to look like any other election race as absentee ballots must be mailed in and received by the clerks by November 3rd.

Sandvick said, "We are required to stay until we finished the counting of the ballots, whether that is late on November 3rd or early the following morning."

Meanwhile in Minnesota, your mailed absentee ballot can arrive to your clerk's office as late as November 10th.

Chapman said, "If it's post marked on or before election day and we received it by November 10th it will be counted."

This means the preliminary results could be very different than the final count for all races.

"People should be aware that the numbers are going to change over the course of time as we receive and tabulate the additional absentee ballots," said Chapman.

County clerks in both states are urging you to cast your vote as early as possible.

Emma Quinn

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