Vote Early (Absentee voting)

Don't want to wait in line on Election Day? Vote early! All voters in Minnesota can choose to vote before Election Day by absentee ballot without providing a reason.

You can vote by mail, or you can vote early in-person, starting 46 days before each election.

Vote Early In-Person

All Minneapolis voters can vote at the Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services main office during normal business hours (8:00am - 4:30pm) beginning 46 days ahead of Election Day.

Minneapolis voters also have the option to vote early in-person at the Hennepin County Government Center.

See the Elections & Voter Services Calendar for detailed daily voting hours.

Additional Early Vote Centers may be located throughout the City ahead of the November 3, 2020, Presidential General Election. Information on these potential satellite Early Vote Centers will be posted here when available.

Note: Minneapolis voters may vote at any Early Vote Center, regardless of where they live in the City. On Election Day, voters must vote at their assigned polling place.

Direct Balloting

What is direct balloting, and how will that be different from absentee balloting and early voting?

The Minnesota Legislature made another change to state election law in 2016 potentially impacting the process followed by voters casting an absentee ballot in-person. Local jurisdictions now have the option to offer voters a choice during the final seven days before Election Day when casting an absentee ballot. In-person voters can now be allowed to insert their ballots directly into a ballot tabulator, instead of sealing them into an envelope to be processed and tabulated later. This moves the voting process even closer to what occurs on Election Day for voters, and allows them an opportunity to see their ballots being tabulated and to receive notification by the tabulator of errors that may have been made on the ballot.

Absentee Voting by Mail

To vote by mail, you need to submit an application for an absentee ballot. You may request an absentee ballot online through the Office of the Secretary of State. You can also pick up an official absentee ballot application from the Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services office or from Hennepin County Elections in the Hennepin County Government Center.

When available, Absentee Ballot Applications will be posted in multiple languages and available here to download and print off to submit in person, or via mail, email, or fax:

  • English
  • To request an application in an alternative format such as Braille, please call 1-877-600-8683

Absentee ballot requests should be returned to:

Mail or in-person:
Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services
980 E Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Fax: 612-673-2756

Requests are taken year-round. Absentee ballots are available and will be mailed out beginning 46 days prior to a regularly scheduled election.

Not pre-registered?
That's not a problem. You can apply for an absentee ballot and you will receive voter registration materials with your ballot.

Follow the status of your absentee ballot:

Use the Absentee Ballot Lookup.

Deadline for returning absentee ballots on Election Day

Remember to request your absentee ballot at least 7 days before Election Day to allow yourself time to complete the absentee voting process.

  • Absentee ballots returned by the United States Postal Service (USPS) or a commercial package delivery service (FedEx, UPS, etc.) must be received by the Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services office by 8 p.m. Election Day.
  • Absentee ballots returned to the Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services office by the voter or an agent of the voter (another person authorized by the voter to act on the voter's behalf-see Agent Delivery information) must be received by 3 p.m. on Election Day.
  • On Election Day, voters who have not yet returned a requested absentee ballot may choose to go to the polls to vote, but CANNOT deliver an absentee ballot to a polling place.

What if I returned my ballot and want to change my vote?

You can spoil your ballot until the close of business one week before Election Day. After that time, you cannot spoil your ballot. To spoil your ballot, contact Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services. Your options are to have a new ballot mailed, vote early in-person, or vote at your polling place on Election Day.

Absentee voting for military or overseas voters

If you are an active-duty uniformed service member (or the spouse or dependent of one) or a U.S. citizen living abroad permanently or temporarily, see the Minnesota Military and Overseas Voter Service for complete details on how to absentee vote. Be sure to allow plenty of time for this process.

Now available, active-duty uniformed service members, eligible spouses and dependents of such members, and other U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S. may complete a special absentee ballot application online. This online service is available only to the identified eligible individuals who are able to provide an email address and an identification number from either a Minnesota-issued driver's license or Minnesota ID card, or the last four digits of their Social Security Number, or their U.S. Passport.

Military and Overseas Voters Absentee Application

Also see:

Absentee ballots picked up and returned by others (Ballot Return and Agent Delivery)

Absentee ballots returned by others (Ballot return)

During the full 46 days of Early Voting, any voter may ask another person to return a voted ballot to the city election office.
Voters who use the designated agent delivery and return process may ONLY use the designated agent who picked up the ballot for them to then return their voted ballot. See below for more details. 

In order to have someone return your ballot to the city election office, that person must:
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Return voted ballots for a maximum of three voters.
  • Return voted ballots no later than 3 p.m. on Election Day
Where: Ballots may be returned to the Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services office.

Agent Delivery

Starting seven days before an election, the following voters may authorize an agent to pick up and return an absentee ballot for them:
  • Patients in hospitals, residential treatment centers, and nursing homes;
  • Residents of group homes;
  • Residents of battered women's shelters;
  • Residents of assisted living facilities;
  • Voters who are disabled; and
  • Voters who would have difficulty getting to the polls because of incapacitating health reasons.

In order to have an agent pick up and deliver your ballot to you, you must:

The agent must:
  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Present the voter's completed forms and an ID with the agent's picture and signature to a city election official.
  • Not be a candidate at the election.
  • Pick up ballots for a maximum of 3 voters.
  • Pick up ballots beginning seven days before the election, and no later than 2 p.m. on Election Day.
NOTE: If you designate an agent to pick up and deliver your ballot to you, ONLY that same person can return your ballot to the city election office.

When your designated agent returns your voted ballot to the city election office, they must:

  • Present an ID with their picture and signature to city elections officials.
  • Return the voted ballot in a sealed signature envelope before 3 p.m. on Election Day.
Where: Ballots returned through Agent Delivery may only be picked up at and returned to the Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services office.

Health-care and hospital facilities

Special absentee balloting procedures are available to voters in hospital or Minneapolis health-care facilities. Call Minneapolis 311 or 612-673-3000, for additional information. TTY/TTD 612-673-2157

Absentee voting resources

Voting by Mail Video produced by Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services

Learn how easy it is to complete your mail ballot with the help of this video:

Resources from the Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

"Vote Early, Vote Absentee!" - 2016 (1 minute 30 second video)

Expand All

Minneapolis 311
Can Help

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.