ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -

Minnesota residents will have more options than ever before to cast a ballot voting in the general election, making it more convenient for those who can't make it to the polls November 8.

MPR News reports that for the first time, state residents can start casting absentee ballots in this year's general election on September 23 without providing an excuse for why they can't get to a polling place.

Minnesota residents will also be able to vote early beginning seven days before Election Day. They will be able to fill out ballots at elections offices and feed them into voting machines as they typically would.

Secretary of State, Steve Simon says he believes the new options will change how many Minnesota residents vote and make it more convenient for those who can't vote within Election Day's 13-hour window.