Dropping off mail ballots and other voting options

Got a mail ballot you still need to return? You have options, but putting it in the mail probably shouldn’t be one of them. 

Ballots must be received on or before Election Day in order to be counted. That means if you mail your ballot in, it has to be at Elections & Voter Services in Tuesday’s mailing. We are at the point where it cannot be guaranteed your ballot will arrive on time.

One option you have instead is to drop your ballot off at City Hall. Ballots must be returned to the address on your return envelope, which for Minneapolis voters is the Elections & Voter Services Office in City Hall. While you cannot drop your ballot off at an Early Vote Center, City Hall will be open the same extended hours. Although City Hall is typically not open to the public on the weekend, on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 5 p.m., you can enter City Hall from the 4th Street S entrance and Elections staff will be immediately inside the entrance to accept your ballot. You can also drop your ballot off Monday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on Tuesday, Election Day, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

If you are dropping a ballot off for another voter, as an agent of the voter, you will need to provide identification. You can only drop off ballots for a maximum of three voters.

If you’ve received a mail ballot but have not returned it, you can still go and vote, either at an Early Vote Center through Monday or at your polling place on Election Day. Although you can’t drop your mail ballot off at those locations, we can cancel your mail ballot and issue you a new ballot so you can vote in person. The four Early Vote Centers will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Sunday from noon until 5 p.m., and Monday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

If you choose to vote on Election Day, all 132 polling places will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. You do need to vote at your assigned precinct, based upon your home address.

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