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Absentee ballots available

Absentee ballots for the Sept. 9, 2008, primary election will be available for registered voters in all Washington County jurisdictions on Aug. 11 at the following locations:  Property Records and Taxpayer Services (PRTS) Office, Valley Ridge Mall, 1305 Frontage Road, Stillwater; Cottage Grove Service Center, public service counter, 13000 Ravine Pkwy. South, Cottage Grove; Forest Lake Service Center, public service counter, 19955 Forest Road North, Forest Lake; Woodbury Service Center, public service counter, 2150 Radio Drive, Woodbury.

Individuals may vote by absentee ballot by mail (ballots must be received at the voter's precinct by 8 p.m. on election day) or in person at the above locations Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the 30-day period prior to the election. Residents of the following cities may also vote in person at their city halls: Bayport, Scandia, Cottage Grove, Oakdale, Hugo, Oak Park Heights, Lake Elmo, St. Paul Park, Mahtomedi, Stillwater City, Newport, White Bear Lake.

Individuals who need to vote by absentee ballot must complete an Application to Receive an Absentee Ballot at the time they vote in person.  Individuals voting by mail should contact their municipality at the above number to request an application or download the application from the county's Web site at  (Click on "Elections" on the right-hand side of the homepage.)

You are allowed to vote by absentee ballot due to absence from precinct, illness or disability, religious discipline or observance of religious holiday, service as election judge in another precinct, eligible emergency declared by the governor, or quarantine declared by federal or state government.

To register to vote, complete a Voter Registration form available at any of the above county locations, a county library, or online at (Click on "Elections" on the right-hand side of the homepage.)

For more information, please call Washington County at (651) 430-6175.