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Elections and COVID-19

Voting During COVID-19

Voting Early by a Mail Absentee Ballot

We are encouraging voters to vote by mail using an absentee ballot. To request an absentee ballot, use the online application or complete and return the application below to your county election office by mail, fax or email. 

To request an application in an alternative format such as Braille, please call 1-877-600-8683. You can apply for a ballot any time during the year, except the day of the election. Leave time for election officials to mail your ballot and for you to return it on or before Election Day.

Your ballot will not count if it is received after Election Day. Return your ballot by mail or package delivery service (such as FedEx or UPS). You can also return your ballot in person no later than 3 p.m. on Election Day to the election office that sent your ballot. You can drop off ballots for up to three other voters. You will need to show identification with name and signature when returning a ballot for someone else.

Election Day Voting

Election jurisdictions and voters are encouraged to follow Minnesota Department of Health guidance on preventing the spread of COVID-19, including social distancing (maintaining six feet of distance between voters), increasing ventilation, masking, equipment sanitization, and hygiene for polling places. In addition to following the Department of Health’s guidance in polling places, we have encouraged jurisdictions to increase their curbside voting operations. Voters who are at increased risk for severe illness and want to vote on election day are encouraged to consider taking advantage of curbside voting.

Curbside Voting

Curbside voting is available for anyone who cannot enter the polling place for any reason, including concerns for their health. Curbside voting allows a voter to register to vote and vote without leaving their vehicle.

If you choose curbside voting, two election judges  will bring out a ballot to your vehicle. If you need to register or update your registration, they will bring you an application as well. When you are finished voting, election judges will bring your ballot inside for you and put it in the ballot box.


Voters with questions about protecting their health while voting can contact their election jurisdiction or the Office of the Secretary of State’s Election Division. The Elections Division can be reached by phone at 651-215-1440 or 1-877-600-VOTE (8683) or email at secretary.state@state.mn.us