Vote by mail

It’s easy to vote by mail, but don’t leave it to the last minute.

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For the 2021 Municipal Election, you must complete a paper mail (absentee) ballot application.

The completed application may be mailed back, dropped off in person, emailed back, or faxed to our office.

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If you're in the hospital, military or living abroad

In the hospital

We have special options for voters in the hospital or a healthcare facility. We send election workers to help residents vote.

View map of Minneapolis health care facilities

For more information, contact us.

In the military or living abroad

People in the military or living abroad can use a special process to vote absentee. You can request that a ballot be sent to you by email.

Request an overseas or military ballot from the Minnesota Secretary of State

Pick up a ballot for someone else

In certain circumstances, voters can choose someone to pick up and return a ballot for them.

See the rules

How to return your ballot

Mail your ballot

Return your ballot using the postage-paid envelope. Be sure to allow enough time for your ballot to be received by Election Day.


Drop off your ballot

You can drop-off your ballot to an election official instead of mailing it back. Bring your ballot to our office at 980 E. Hennepin Ave during regular business hours. Ballots dropped off in person must be received by 3 p.m. on Election Day.

Use a delivery service

If sent by a delivery service (Fed-Ex, UPS, etc.), you must pay for the shipping cost.

Ballots sent using a service can only be returned to the following location and must be returned by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services
980 E Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414

How to get a new ballot

If you made a mistake on your ballot

Contact our office and ask for a replacement ballot. We will cancel your original ballot. If there is not enough time to get a new ballot, completely cross out the name of the candidate you accidentally marked.

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If you returned your ballot but want to change your vote

Contact us to cancel your ballot. Depending on how much time is left until Election Day, your options may be:

  • To ask that we mail a new ballot
  • To vote early in-person
  • To vote at your polling place on Election Day

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If your ballot is lost or damaged

If your ballot is lost or damaged, contact us to get a replacement ballot. We will cancel your original ballot.

Do not return your original ballot, even if you eventually find or receive it. Only return your replacement ballot.

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Vote by mail

Frequently asked questions

Learn about deadlines, witness signatures, mail ballot security and more.

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Elections & Voter Services
980 Hennepin Ave. E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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