Have someone pick up a ballot for you

Starting seven days before Election Day, you can apply to have someone pick up and return your ballot. You must meet certain requirements.


This process is only available at our office during regular business hours.

For the 2024 State Primary, someone can pick up a ballot for you only between August 6 and August 13.

For the 2024 General Election, someone can pick up a ballot for you only between October 29 and November 5.


For someone to pick up a ballot for you, you must either:

  • Be hospitalized or unable to go to the polling place due to incapacitating health reasons or a disability
  • Live in one of the following:
    • Nursing home
    • Assisted living facility
    • Residential treatment center
    • Group home
    • Battered women's shelter

Process for having some pick up a ballot for you

Step 1

Wait until pick up is available

By law, you cannot have someone pick up a ballot for you until one week before Election Day. 

Step 2

Choose an eligible person to pick up your ballot

The person you choose (known as your "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.
Step 3

Complete paperwork

You (the voter) need to sign and complete the following forms:

Give these completed forms to your agent. 

Step 4

Pick up the ballot

Have your agent take both forms to our office and pick up your ballot.

Your agent has until 8 p.m. on Election Day to pick it up.

Make sure to leave enough time for your agent to deliver the ballot to you and return it before the 8 p.m. return deadline on Election Day.

Step 5

Return the ballot

Your agent must return your ballot by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Return the ballot to our office.

You can also return your ballot by mail if there is time for it to be received by Election Day. 

Contact us

Elections & Voter Services





311 or 612-673-3000


TTY: 612-673-2157




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

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