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. For the Nov. 7, 2017 Municipal Election, early voting will start on Friday, Sept. 22, by mail and in-person.
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.
To vote by mail, you need to submit an application for an absentee ballot. There is not an online application available for municipal elections. You can pick up an official absentee ballot application from the Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services office in Minneapolis City Hall or from Hennepin County Elections in the Hennepin County Government Center.
Absentee ballot requests should be returned to:
Mail or in-person:
Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services
350 S. 5th St., Room 201
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Requests are taken year-round. Absentee ballots are available and will be mailed out beginning 46 days prior to a regularly scheduled election.
That's not a problem. You can apply for an absentee ballot and you will receive voter registration materials with your ballot.
Use the Absentee Ballot Lookup.
Remember to request your absentee ballot at least 7 days before Election Day to allow yourself time to complete the absentee voting process.
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.
Starting seven days before an election, the following voters may authorize an agent to pick up and return an absentee ballot for them:
In order to have an agent pick up and deliver your ballot to you, you must:
When your designated agent returns your voted ballot to the city election office, they must:
EXCEPTION: 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.
In order to have someone act as your agent to return your ballot to the city election office, the agent must:
Special absentee balloting procedures are available to voters in hospital or health-care facilities. Call Minneapolis 311 or 612-673-3000, for additional information. TTY/TTD 612-673-2157
Learn how easy it is to complete your mail ballot with the help of this video:
"Vote Early, Vote Absentee!" - 2016 (1 minute 30 second video)
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.