Have someone pick up a ballot for you

Beginning seven days before the Election Day, certain voters can have someone pick up and return their ballot for them.

Dates when someone can pick up a ballot on your behalf

Someone can ONLY pick up a ballot for you during the following dates. Prior to those dates, request a ballot by mail

  • 2020 State Primary Election: between August 4 and August 11
  • 2020 General Election: October 27 and November 3

Can any voter do this?

No. To qualify for agent delivery, you must live in a:

  • nursing home
  • assisted living facility
  • residential treatment center
  • group home
  • battered women's shelter
  • or, be hospitalized or unable to go to the polling place due to incapacitating health reasons or a disability.

What’s the process?

You can only have someone pick up your ballot during the seven days before Election Day.

1. Choose an eligible agent to pick up your ballot

Your ballot agent must

  • Be at least 18 years old and have a pre-existing relationship with you.
  • Present your 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.

2. Complete paperwork

Give your agent a completed absentee ballot application and a request for agent delivery of absentee ballot form.

3. Pick up the ballot

Have your agent take both forms to the Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services office or to Hennepin County Elections office. Your agent can pick up your ballot starting seven days before the election until 2 p.m. on Election Day at the 

4. Return the ballot

Your agent must return your ballot by 3 p.m. on Election Day. You can also return your ballot by mail. We must receive your ballot on or before Election Day. Return the ballot to either the Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services office or to Hennepin County Elections office.

Minneapolis 311
Can Help

Contact Minneapolis 311 Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m. for election and other city information. From outside city limits, dial 612-673-3000.