Vote by mail
I want to
How to return your ballot
To be cautious, we recommend you put it in the mail no later than Tuesday, October 27.
After you mail it back, use the Minnesota Secretary of State's ballot tracking tool to confirm we got it back.
Where can I drop off my ballot?
You can drop-off your ballot to an election official instead of mailing it back.
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 locations:
Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services
980 E Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Hennepin County Elections
300 South 6th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55487
Apply for a mail ballot
Consider voting early in-person or on Election Day
If you decide to apply for a mail ballot...
Before you apply, you should know:
- It can take 7-10 days for your ballot to arrive in the mail.
- Once it arrives, you'll need to return it to us by the required deadlines (see above).
If you apply for a mail ballot but do run out of time, you can still vote on Election Day as long as we have not yet received and counted your mail ballot.
Mail ballot application
In the hospital
We have special options for voters in the hospital or a healthcare facility. We send election workers to help residents vote.
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.
If you just moved, you might not have lived in your new state long enough to vote under their residency laws. If so, you can get a mail ballot from Minnesota with just the president and vice-president race on it.
To receive a presidential-only ballot, you must:
- Have moved from Minnesota between October 4 and November 3
- Certify you are not eligible to vote in the state where you now live
If this applies to you, complete this application for a presidential-only ballot and return it to Hennepin County Elections.
For questions, contact Hennepin County Elections.
How to get a new 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.
If we have already received and accepted your completed ballot, you have until Tuesday, October 20 to ask that it be canceled and replaced.
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
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.