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. Minneapolis residents can vote early in-person at any of the four early vote centers in the city. For the general election, early voting started on Friday, Sept. 23, by mail or in person.Early Voting FAQ
Downtown Early Vote Center
217 S. Third St.
(3rd Ave and 3rd St, near City Hall)
North Early Vote Center
Minneapolis Urban League
2100 Plymouth Ave. N
South Early Vote Center
Roof Depot Building
1860 E 28th St.
Northeast Early Vote Center
Water Bar Building
2516 Central Ave. NE
When coming to vote in person, there are three things you can do to help the voting process run smoothly and quickly.
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 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 started mailing out on 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.
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
From the Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State
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.