Vote Absentee By Mail

Requesting Your Ballot by Mail
To vote absentee by mail:

You do not need to be registered to vote to request an absentee ballot. Election officials will mail the absentee ballot materials to you soon after receiving your application.


Military or Overseas Voter?
Voters in the military and citizens living outside the United States use a different process to vote absentee.


Application Deadline
There is no specific deadline. However, if you apply for a ballot too close to Election Day, your ballot may not arrive in the mail in time, or you may not have time to complete and return it. Ballots must be received by election officials on or before Election Day. To avoid these problems, apply for your ballot early.


Follow Instructions Carefully
Once you receive your ballot in the mail, follow the instructions carefully. You will need a witness to sign the absentee ballot signature envelope to confirm your ballot was delivered blank and that you marked the ballot in private. The witness must be another registered Minnesota voter, or a notary from any state.


Not Registered to Vote?
If you are not registered to vote, a voter registration application will be included in the materials. You must show your witness an accepted proof of residence when registering.


Return Your Ballot on or Before Election Day
Return the ballot on or before Election Day. Delivery options:

  • Mail it in the provided pre-paid envelope or by package delivery service. The ballot must arrive on or before Election Day.
  • Deliver it in-person to the office that sent the absentee ballot by 5 p.m. on the day before the election.
  • Have someone else return your ballot before 3 p.m. on Election Day. This person cannot deliver more than three ballots.
  • You may not hand deliver your own absentee ballot on Election Day.

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