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How to Vote Absentee

Absentee voting means voting by mail or in person before Election Day, instead of at the polling place. Absentee ballots are ready 46 days before an election. Beginning with the August 12, 2014 Primary Election, any voter may vote absentee.

Voters in the military and those residing outside the United States use a different process to vote absentee.

Requesting an Absentee Ballot

Returning an Absentee Ballot
Once you receive your ballot in the mail, follow the instructions carefully. Voters need to have a notary or a registered Minnesota voter sign their envelope as a witness. The notary can be from any state. To return their absentee ballot, you can:

  • Mail it in the prepaid envelope that came with the ballot. The ballot must arrive back on or before Election Day. Postmark dates do not matter, only the date the ballot arrives. If you are concerned that your ballot will not arrive in time by U.S. Mail, you may pay for package delivery service.
  • Drop it off in person to the election office that sent provided the absentee ballot. Election offices accept absentee ballots in person until 5 p.m. the day before Election Day.
Last updated: 4/2/2014 10:56:38 AM