You can vote early by using an absentee ballot, instead of voting in person at the polling place on Election Day. You can vote absentee by mail, in person, or by having a person you know pick up and deliver your ballot for you. Beginning with the August 12, 2014 Primary Election, any voter may vote absentee.
Absentee ballots are available 46 days before an election. In 2014, ballots will be ready starting June 27 for the Primary Election (August 12); and September 19 for the General Election (November 4).
Voters in the military and citizens living outside the United States use a different process to vote absentee.
Vote Absentee By Mail
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Vote Absentee In Person You can request, receive and cast an absentee ballot in one visit to your county election office. Some cities and towns also provide absentee ballots at their offices. Starting 46 days before the election, you can vote in person during these periods:
If you are not registered to vote, you will need to complete a voter registration form and show proof of residence at the elections office.
Make a Mistake Marking Your Absentee Ballot?If you make a mistake when filling out your ballot, request a new ballot from your local election office. Their contact information is listed on the return address section of the envelope in which you received your materials. If it is too close to the election to request a new ballot, completely cross out the name of the candidate you accidentally marked and then mark your ballot for the candidate you prefer. Do not initial your corrections.Track Your Absentee Ballot You can track the progress of your absentee ballot with the absentee ballot lookup tool at mnvotes.org If there is a problem with your ballot, election officials will send a replacement.
Apply to Automatically Receive Absentee Ballot ApplicationsYou can submit this form to your county election office to have an absentee ballot application automatically mailed to you before each election. Applications are mailed at least 60 days before an election.
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