County auditor issues plea to return ballots

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Posted: Friday, October 16, 2020 6:32 am | Updated: 7:40 am, Fri Oct 16, 2020.

Traill County’s top election official is encouraging voters to send in their election ballots prior to Nov. 3 to prevent a bottleneck at the Mayville city armory, the county’s only in-person polling site.

County Auditor Glenda Haugen said Wednesday that her office had received 1,543 completed ballots out of 3,091 mailed to eligible voters prior to next month’s general election.

“We don’t want a big, long line of people and having people get upset waiting” on Nov. 3, Haugen said Wednesday. “If we have 2,000 people waiting to vote, that won’t be good.”

County officials expect to see an influx of mail-in ballots arrive in the next two weeks.

A majority of voters sent their ballots through the mail, although a number of residents have taken advantage of a dropbox set up on the south side of the Traill County Courthouse in Hillsboro.

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