Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The polls open at 7 AM Tuesday for the midterm elections, but over a half-million Minnesotans have already cast their ballots. Secretary of State Scott Simon says, as of Monday morning, almost 540,000 absentee ballots have been accepted by County election officials throughout the state. That's up 129-percent compared to the midterm elections in 2014 and is just shy of the total number of absentee ballots cast in the 2016 presidential election. Locally, Olmsted County election officials report they have accepted just over 15,700 absentee ballots since early voting began on September 21st.

The actual polls open at 7 o'clock tomorrow morning as Minnesota voters elect a new governor and Rochester voters choose a new mayor. Minnesota’s entire congressional delegation, both U.S. Senate seats, and all 8 U.S. House positions, are on the ballot along with statewide constitutional offices. Voters in Rochester will also cast ballots for positions on the Rochester City Council, Rochester School Board, Olmsted County Board and County Attorney.

The polls will close at 8 PM and all the election results will be posted on as soon as they become available.

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