New tool! Request an absentee ballot online

Voters can now request an absentee ballot online. The Office of the Secretary of State announced today a new online voter tool has been added to their Voter Information Portal website that allows voters to easily request an absentee ballot without having to submit a paper form. Minneapolis has added a link to this tool to, to ensure our voters have quick and easy access to a full array of helpful online tools to make voting easier.

The State Primary Election on August 12 is the first time voters in Minnesota can choose to vote via absentee ballot without a reason.  Absentee voting can be done in person or by mail. Absentee balloting for the Primary Election starts June 27, 46 days before the election. Minneapolis voters can vote in person at City Hall at 350 South 5th Street at that time. Voters who wish to complete the absentee voting process by mail can request a ballot at any time, and primary ballots will be mailed beginning on that date.

With the addition of the online request tool, Minneapolis voters now have the option to request an absentee ballot by mail three ways:

  1. Using the online request tool which will automatically transfer the request to the Elections office to have a ballot sent out;
  2. Downloading and printing a request form and submitting to the Elections office via mail, fax, email, or in person;
  3. Coming into the Elections Office to complete a request form.

Voters who choose to vote absentee by mail can also use the online Absentee Ballot Lookup tool to follow the status of their ballot once it has been cast, to ensure it is received and processed. All absentee ballots must be received by Election Day. For more information about absentee voting, see

The Minneapolis Elections website,, also features quick links in the YourVote Guide to all of the online tools available to voters. These tools allow voters to register online, check the status of their registration, find their polling place, download a sample ballot, request an absentee ballot, track the status of their absentee ballot, and sign up to receive key election related reminders.

Elections & Voter Services
City Hall, 350 S. 5th St., Room 201
Minneapolis, MN 55415