MINNEAPOLIS -

Election Day is six weeks away but the voting is already underway in Minnesota.

Friday kicked off the state's early voting period, making Minnesota among the first states to open up voting.

A 2014 law allows residents to cast an absentee ballot for no reason, by mail or in person.

It's the state's second election with early voting as an option but the first during a presidential contest.

Secretary of State Steve Simon says it may help Minnesota regain its rank as the top state for voter turnout.

Political parties and election officials alike have put in months of work. Minnesota's Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin says they've already contacted many voters to register for an absentee ballot and will follow up starting Friday to ensure their ballots are delivered.