Vote Early (Absentee voting)

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

Vote Early In-Person

Extended hours now underway

Monday - Friday, from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sundays, 12 - 5 p.m.

In-person early voting locations for Minneapolis residents:

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


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 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 are now available 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.

Don't live in Minneapolis? 

You need to be a Minneapolis resident to vote at our Early Vote Centers, and if you are you can go to any of them. If you live outside Minneapolis, the Secretary of State has a list of locations by county and city where Minnesotans can vote early by absentee ballot.

Absentee Voting by Mail

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.

Apply online to have an absentee ballot mailed to you

Absentee Ballot Applications are also available in multiple languages to download and print off to submit in person, or via mail, email, or fax:

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

Fax: 612-673-2756

Requests are taken year-round. Absentee ballots are available 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 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 would like to vote absentee on an ongoing basis, you may request to receive an application for an absentee ballot before each election by completing the Minnesota Application to Automatically Receive Absentee Ballot Applications (pdf).

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

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Absentee ballots picked up and returned by others (Agent delivery and return)

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.

Absentee ballots returned by others (Agent return)

Starting seven days before an election, any voter may ask another person (called an agent) to return a voted ballot to the city election office.

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:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Present an ID with their picture and signature to a city election official.
  • Not be a candidate at the election.
  • Return voted ballots for a maximum of three voters.
  • Return voted ballots beginning seven days before the election, and no later than 3 p.m. on Election Day

Health-care and hospital facilities

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

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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.