Absentee Voting Information

Eligible voters in Minnesota may now choose to vote by absentee ballot without providing a reason.  Absentee ballots can be requested at any time, and will be mailed out to voters up to 46 days prior to the next regularly scheduled election, under current law. 

  • Dates/times for absentee voting in 2016 will be posted as we approach the election dates--please check back for details

Voters may choose to vote absentee either by mail or in person

Absentee voting resources

From the Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State:
"Vote Early, Vote Absentee!"
(1 minute 30 second video)
Guide to Voting Absentee - English (pdf)
Guide to Voting Absentee - Hmong (pdf)
Guide to Voting Absentee - Somali (pdf)
Guide to Voting Absentee - Spanish (pdf)

Absentee Voting by Mail

An absentee ballot will be mailed out at the request of a voter. 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 South 5th St, Room 201
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Email: minneapolisabsentee@minneapolismn.gov
Fax: 612-673-2756

Requests are taken year-round. Absentee ballots are available up to 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 allow at least 7 days between requesting your absentee ballot and completing the voting process.
  • Absentee ballots delivered by the United States Postal Service (USPS) must be received by the city or county election office by the last regular USPS mail delivery on Election Day, or
  • Absentee ballots hand-delivered by an agent of the voter (a commercial delivery service or any individual other than the voter-see Agent Delivery information) must be received by the city or county election office by 3 p.m. on Election Day.
  • On Election Day, voters may go to the polls to vote, but CANNOT deliver their own absentee ballots to any election officials.
  • Absentee ballots CANNOT be delivered directly to a polling place.

Absentee Voting In-Person Prior to an Election

Absentee Voting Location (for Minneapolis voters)

Minneapolis City Hall
350 South 5th Street
Rotunda (Ground Floor)
(Note: for any expanded in-person Absentee Voting hours on Saturdays or Sundays, enter City Hall on 4th St side)

In-person absentee voting begins 46 days prior to an election day.  CIty Hall will be open for voting Monday - Friday, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

For the two weeks prior to Election Day, Absentee Voting Hours are expanded as follows:

  • (Mon. - Fri.)  7 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
  • (Sat.)  9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
  • (Sun.)  12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m.

Voters may download and print an absentee ballot application to bring with them when voting in person, or can fill one out when they arrive at City Hall to vote. Voters who are not pre-registered can register when they cast their absentee ballot.

When absentee voting is being conducted at Minneapolis City Hall, no campaigning (campaign buttons, signs or clothing) is allowed in the building or within 100 feet. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Other Absentee Ballot Services

Military and 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

Also see:

Permanent and Ongoing Absentee Ballot Status
(Recurring Absentee)

If you are an eligible voter who wishes 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).

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

Absentee Ballots Delivered by Others (Agent Delivery)

Starting the 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 deliver your ballot, you must:

  • Complete the Request for Agent Delivery of Absentee Ballot Form (pdf) and the Absentee Ballot Application (pdf).
  • You must have a preexisting relationship with your agent.
  • The agent will use the completed forms to pick up a ballot, bring the ballot to you, and return your voted ballot to the county auditor or city clerk.
  • Each agent is only allowed to deliver and return ballots for a maximum of 3 voters.
  • This method may only be used within the seven days before the election.
  • Ballots can be picked up until 2:00 p.m. on Election Day, and voted ballots must be returned by 3:00 p.m. on Election Day.

To learn more, see the Agent Delivery Process flowchart (pdf).

Minneapolis 311
Can Help

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.