Get your ballots in by Election Day. That’s the message election officials want voters to know after a recent court ruling. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Minnesota absentee ballots arriving after Election Day should be separated from other ballots in case they are later invalidated by a final court order. The ruling doesn’t block Minnesota’s seven-day extension for counting absentee ballots, but it puts the grace period at risk as the case returns to a lower court. Blue Earth County Elections Administrator Michael Stalberger said there are about 5,000 ballots in the county in a transit status, meaning they’ve been issued to voters but the county hasn’t received them back.