Don't want to wait in a line at your polling place on Election Day? Vote early! All voters in Minnesota may now 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 general election, early voting starts on Friday, Sept. 23, by mail or in person.
During the early voting period, Minneapolis voters can vote in-person at any of these locations during designated voting hours.
Downtown: 217 S. Third St.
North: 2100 Plymouth Ave. N. (Minneapolis Urban League building)
South: 1860 E. 28th St. (Roof Depot building)
Northeast: 2516 Central Ave NE (Water Bar building)
If you want to vote by mail, request an absentee ballot by completing an absentee ballot application online or as a paper form. You can request a ballot for the Primary or General Election, or both. Primary ballots are being sent out now, with a 24 hour turnaround time to get a ballot put in the mail once the application is received by Elections & Voter Services. Requested ballots for the General Election will be mailed out beginning Friday, Sept. 23, 46 days before the election.
You can apply online or submit an absentee ballot application by mail, email, fax, or in person.
An official absentee ballot application may also be obtained from your city or county elections office.
Absentee ballot requests not completed online 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 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.
In-person absentee voting, or early voting by absentee ballot, begins 46 days prior to an election. For the Nov. 8 General Election, early voting will begin Friday, Sept. 23.
Standard hours throughout the absentee voting period are Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
During the final two weeks prior to the election, the in-person voting hours will be extended and will include weekend times. Starting Monday, Oct. 24, through Friday, Nov. 4, all early voting locations will be open Monday - Friday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Weekend hours on Oct. 29-30 and Nov. 5-6 will be Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sundays from noon until 4 p.m. On Monday, Nov. 7, the final day of early voting, voters can visit any of the early voting locations between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
In-person early voting locations:
Downtown Early Vote Center
217 S. Third 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)
North Early Vote Center
2100 Plymouth Ave. N
Minneapolis, MN 55411
(Minneapolis Urban League building)
South Early Vote Center
1860 E 28th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(Roof Depot building)
Northeast Early Vote Center
2516 Central Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(Water Bar building)
Early Vote Center locations and hours poster (pdf)
When coming to vote in person, there are three things you can do to help the voting process run smoothly and quickly.
1) Download and print an absentee ballot application to bring with you to one of the Early Vote Centers. Everyone who votes early needs to complete one of these applications, and although you can fill one out when you arrive to vote, it can save you time if you've already completed one. Applications are also available in 11 different languages to download.
2) Pre-register before you vote. Pre-registration for the general election is open until Oct. 18. If you aren't sure if you are registered under your current name and address, you can check your registration status online. If you need to register or update your registration and it is before Oct. 18, you can register online at least two days before you go to vote. Although pre-registering will save you time when voting, you can still register when you cast your ballot early by following the same processes used for Election Day registration.
3) Look at your sample practice ballot before you go to vote. Sample ballots will be available in mid-September to download. You can even print out and mark your sample practice ballot to bring with you as a reference when voting.
When absentee voting is being conducted at the Early Vote Centers, no campaigning (campaign buttons, signs or clothing) is allowed in the building or within 100 feet, as is the case with any polling place. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
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
From the Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State
Contact Minneapolis 311 weekdays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for election and other city information. From outside city limits, dial 612-673-3000.