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Goodhue County shows higher voter numbers than last year's election

With less than a week until the big night, citizens of Red Wing and Goodhue County are preparing for elections. So far, 28,319 are registered to vote in Goodhue County and 9,483 of those are in Red Wing. Out of those, 2,401 have casted an absentee ballot. For the 2012 election, 2,250 absentee ballots were accepted.

Red Wing voters can make their decisions early for absentee voting at either the Goodhue County Government Center, 454 W. Sixth St., or at City Hall, 315 W. Fourth St.

Carolyn Holmsten, Goodhue County auditor and treasurer, commented on the increase in voters.

"We've had more registrants this year, it's a little bit ahead of where we were the last presidential election."

The schedule before Election Day will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.

On the day of elections, voters will be directed to the location for their ward and precinct, listed on the city of Red Wing website at Voters can also use to find their polling place. Hours for each location on Election Day will be 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Each precinct's results — including absentee ballots — will be kept separate from the others' and on election night, results from each will be sent to the Secretary of State's office. Results from the polls are sent to the state in the evening. The final results will be listed online.

For more information on voting and registration, visit

Kit Murray

Kit Murray joined Red Wing Republican Eagle in Aug. 2016, covering government, transportation and public safety. She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in photojournalism and philosophy. 

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