Any qualified voter can choose to vote early by mail or in-person in Minnesota. To vote by mail, you have to request a ballot. Then you can mark the ballot and send it back by mail or drop it off. You can request to vote by mail for this election only, or for all future elections.
If you are not already registered to vote, you can still vote by mail. When you request an absentee ballot, a voter registration application will be sent with your ballot materials. Complete the application and follow the instructions to return it along with your ballot.
Request a ballot by getting an application from our office and return it:
By mail or personal delivery to: Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services, City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St, Room 201, Minneapolis, MN 55415
-or- by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
-or- by fax: 612-673-2756
Or register online athe Minnesota Secretary of State.
After you submit the application, an absentee ballot will be sent to you. Ballot requests will be processed and ballots sent out within 24 business hours of receipt, but may take up to five business days to arrive in the mail. There is no deadline by which you must request an absentee ballot, however it is essential you allow enough time both for the ballot to reach you and for you to return it to Elections & Voter Services. Plan to allow a minimum of seven days to request and return a ballot by mail.
Mail your ballot so that it is received by Election Day, Nov. 7.
Hand deliver your ballot during business hours any time up until 3 p.m. on Election Day to:
Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services, City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St., Room 201, Minneapolis, MN 55415
You cannot return your mail ballot to your polling place on Election Day, but you can vote at your polling place if you did not already submit a mail ballot.
Once you request a mail ballot, you can track where your ballot is at in the process from the time it is mailed to you until it is received and processed by the elections office by using this online Voter Status tool.
Another option to cast your ballot before Election Day is voting early through in-person absentee. Just like with voting by mail, anyone can choose to vote early using in-person absentee voting without providing a reason or excuse.
Early voting starts on Friday, Sept. 22, and continues through Monday, Nov. 6. The Early Vote Center is open Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
There will be extended voting hours, including weekend hours, leading up to the Nov. 7 Municipal Election.
In the final seven days of early voting, starting on Oct. 31, you can insert your ballot directly into a ballot tabulator, just as you would on Election Day. Early voting in person ends on Monday, Nov. 6, the day before the election, at the statutory deadline of 5 p.m.
Downtown Early Vote Center
217 S. 3rd St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(West of the corner of 3rd Ave and 3rd St in downtown Minneapolis, one block north and one block west of City Hall)
Of course voting on Election Day is also an option. On Election Day, make sure you go to your assigned polling place based on your address. There are 132 precincts (polling places) in Minneapolis. In 2016, 7 new precincts were added and 7 additional polling places changed locations, and it's possible more locations may be changed in 2017 so its a good idea to double check your assigned location online or by calling 311 before heading out to vote. Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. If you are in line by 8 p.m., you will be allowed to vote.
Contact Minneapolis 311 Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., weekends 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. for election and other city information. From outside city limits, dial 612-673-3000.