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What is Absentee Voting?

Absentee voting means voting by mail or in person before Election Day, instead of at the polling place. Absentee ballots are ready 46 days before an election. Any voter may vote absentee, no excuse needed.

Voters in the military and those residing outside the United States use a different process to vote absentee

Requesting an Absentee Ballot

Use the online absentee ballot request (not available for School Board Elections) or submit your completed absentee ballot application:

  • By mail to:
    • Hennepin County Gov't Center
      300 South 6th St MC 012
      Minneapolis, MN 55487-0012
  • By email to:
  • By fax: 612-348-2151

Ballots will be distributed when they become available during an election year. Election officials will mail you a ballot a few days after they receive and process the application. 

Returning an Absentee Ballot 

Once you receive your ballot in the mail, follow the instructions carefully. Voters need to have a notary or a registered Minnesota voter sign their envelope as a witness. The notary can be from any state. To return their absentee ballot, you can:

  • Mail it in the prepaid envelope that came with the ballot. The ballot must arrive back on or before Election Day. Postmark dates do not matter, only the date the ballot arrives. If you are concerned that your ballot will not arrive in time by U.S. Mail, you may pay for package delivery service.
  • Drop it off in person to the election office that provided the absentee ballot. Election offices accept absentee ballots in person until 3 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Return it via Agent Delivery: this option is available to persons living in nursing homes, assisted living facility, residential treatment facilities, group homes or battered women's shelters. It is also available to those who are hospitalized, ill or disabled. For more information on requesting Agent Delivery, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State website.

For voter registration, absentee voting and polling place information, call 612-861-9730.

Track your absentee ballot

Voters can track the progress of their absentee ballot with the absentee ballot status tool.


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