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Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Minnesota

Warning: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it's submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Minnesota.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote Early In Person
09/18/2020
Early Voting Begins
11/02/2020
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

11/02/2020
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/03/2020
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

In-Person Absentee Voting

You can vote in-person absentee in your state.

To vote in person absentee, request, fill out, and return your ballot while at your local elections office. Some cities and towns offer additional locations.

How Vote By Mail Works in Minnesota

Voting by mail is a two step process in Minnesota. Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is Nov. 2nd - but you should request by mail well before then. Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.

  • Return in person to your county election office by 3 p.m. on Nov. 3rd.
  • Or mail your ballot - ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted. This is a change from previous instructions that the ballots may be postmarked by Election Day. Due to an Oct. 29th, 2020 court ruling, ballots that are received after 8 p.m. on Election Day will be segregated and likely will not be counted pending further litigation. It is critical that anyone who still has a mail-in ballot in Minnesota return their ballots in person or go and vote in person before 8 p.m. on Election Day. 

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

You may vote by mail for any reason

You don’t need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. You can vote by mail for any reason.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

After you complete your ballot, sign the ballot return envelope.

Due to COVID-19, the absentee ballot witness requirement has been eliminated for registered voters. However, if you are registering to vote with your absentee ballot, you must have an adult witness sign your ballot.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

Your postage is prepaid.

In Person

  • Local elections office
Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Click here to track your ballot. Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. If there is something wrong with the signature on your ballot, the state is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. If there are more than five days before the election, your clerk will mail you a new ballot. If you are within five days of the election, your clerk will provide step-by-step instructions for what you need to do, which usually means voting early at their office.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you have not used your absentee ballot and would like to vote in person, go to your polling site and vote in person on Election Day. Minnesota requests that you do not bring your unused absentee ballot with you to your polling site.  

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in Minnesota

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.


Voting Info for Minnesota First Time Voter Info