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 application for an absentee ballot from the Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services office in 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:

    Absentee ballot requests should be returned to:

    Mail or in-person:
    Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services
    350 S. 5th St., Room 201
    Minneapolis, MN 55415

    Email: minneapolisabsentee@minneapolismn.gov
    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.

Learn how easy it is to complete your mail ballot with the help of this video:

 

Request an absentee ballot by mail

 *Note: The online absentee ballot application is not available for municipal elections in 2017. A paper or electronic application form must be completed and submitted instead.

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. Your ballot will be sent to you along with a postage-paid envelope for you to return it by mail. If you choose to return it by mail, it MUST be received by Election Day in order to be counted.

  • 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) 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).

Minneapolis 311
Can Help

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.