The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Election finish line in sight

Key deadlines approaching for absentee ballots


October 22, 2020


Polling locations will be reduced during the Nov. 3 general election. Hartley's has been moved from the library to the community center to accomodate social distancing guidelines.

Barb Rohwer has never seen anything like this before.

The office of O'Brien County's longtime auditor has been exceptionally busy this month handling absentee ballot requests and in-person voters. The anomaly was expected, as the COVID-19 pandemic had election officials pushing voters to cast ballots from afar for the Nov. 3 general election.

"We've had quite a few folks coming in and voting absentee," Rohwer said. "We've probably been averaging 15 a day, when in a normal year we'd see two or three every day up until the final week."

As of Monday, the auditor's office had received 2,890 abs...

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