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
Early Voting Begins
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received 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 August 7th - 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 August 8th.
  • Or mail your ballot - ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on August 8th to be counted. We recommend mailing your ballot at least two weeks before as the post office is not always reliable. The best intentions or postmark will not matter if your ballot is received after Election Day - your ballot will not count.

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.

Grab a friend!  The absentee ballot envelope must be signed by a notary, a witness who is a registered Minnesota voter, or by another authorized oath administer. Click here to learn more.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

Your postage is prepaid.

In Person

  • Local elections office

Any designated person can drop off a ballot for you.

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. If possible, contact the county election office from which the ballot was requested before voting, so they can make sure your file isn’t marked as having an absentee ballot when you go to vote in person.  

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