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.
Vote Early In-Person
In-person early voting will be offered for the Nov. 7 Municipal Election starting Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.
The Early Vote Center is located at 217 S. Third St., at the corner of Third Ave. S. and Third St. S., one block from City Hall. Standard voting hours will be Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., with extended hours including weekends in the final days before Election Day.
Absentee Voting by Mail
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 Applications are also available in multiple languages to download and print off to submit in person, or via mail, email, or fax:
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.
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 city election office by 8 p.m. Election Day.
Absentee ballots returned to the city election 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.
All absentee ballots must be returned to the address on the return envelope at the city election office in City Hall. 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.
Permanent and ongoing absentee ballot status (Recurring Absentee)
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.