Following action earlier this fall by the Minneapolis City Council, the hours City Hall will be open for voters to cast absentee ballots in-person for the Nov. 4 election have been extended in the final two weeks leading up to Election Day.
In taking this action, the Council expressed a desire to increase the opportunities available to voters to participate in elections. “I want Minneapolis to have the highest voting rate of any city in the country,” said Council Member Jacob Frey, chair of the Elections and Rules committee. “Towards that end, we are significantly expanding hours of operation for no-excuse absentee voting. In other words, nobody has an excuse – you better vote!”
2014 marks the first year voters are not required to provide a specific reason for voting absentee. That means all voters now have the option to vote absentee either by mail or in person prior to Election Day.
Voters can request ballots online. Applications are also available on the City's website and may be printed out and sent in anytime leading up to Election Day to have a ballot mailed out directly to the voter. All completed mail ballots must be received by the Elections & Voter Services Division by Election Day. Voters who wish to cast their absentee ballots in-person can do that at City Hall, 350 5th Street South.
The hours City Hall is open are extended in the two weeks leading up to the Nov. 4 election. The new hours starting Monday are:
Elections & Voter Services
City Hall, 350 S. 5th St., Room 201
Minneapolis, MN 55415