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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) -  Voters in Minnesota's First Congressional District can start casting ballots this week.

A special election has been scheduled to fill the seat that was left vacant due to the recent death of Congressman Jim Hagedorn.

Twenty candidates have filed for the seat and that has forced a primary runoff election.

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It is scheduled to be held on May 24th. The winners advance to the special election on Aug. 9th.

Early absentee voting for the special primary election begins this Friday (April 8) by mail and in person.

Olmsted County elections officials have announced early absentee voting will be offered Monday through Friday at the new elections office at 2122 Campus Drive SE from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The early voting will run through May 23rd.

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