Voting in 2020; fewer polling places and more mail

For the 2020 general election, more cities and townships have opted for the mail-in ballots. According to [Fillmore County Auditor-Treasurer] Meiners, city and township leaders made the decision to proceed with the mail-in ballot process.  The cities of Canton, Fountain, Peterson and Whalan have all converted to mail-in ballot. And, the following townships have also made that mail-in conversion: Bloomfield, Canton, Chatfield, Fountain, Harmony, Jordan, Newburg, Preble, Preston, and Sumner.

For those who do receive a mail-in ballot, they can cast their votes and drop it in the mail, or they can also bring it to the county courthouse to vote in-person by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.  All precincts close at 8 p.m. on November 3. And, be sure to bring your mail-in ballot with you to the courthouse.  The county orders extra ballots in case someone forgets or mistakenly destroys their ballot.  However, they only have so many extras. In the event, you did throw away your ballot, don’t worry.  You can still vote.  However, it will put a strain on the system.


“I hope that people will respect that cities and townships are trying to be safe,” Meiners shared.  “These are unprecedented times.”

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You are aware how important it is to vote; this year in particular. These were already unprecedented times before COVID-19 struck. Stock markets were volatile, the freedom of the press was in jeopardy, and climate change has only become more threatening as the Earth warms.

Long-standing respect from nations around the world all but collapsed as the United States, under the Trump Administration, left the Iran Nuclear Agreement, the Paris Climate Accord, and the World Health Organization. Policy is not the only thing on the ballot this year. The soul of our nation is on the ballot. Credibility is on the ballot. Decency is on the ballot. 

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