Voting By Absentee Ballot
You may find that you are unable to get to your polling place location on Election Day but still want to vote in the election. In Minnesota, citizens are allowed to vote absentee for the following reasons:
In-Person Absentee Voting
- Absence from your precinct
- Illness or disability
- Service as an election judge in another precinct
- Religious discipline or religious holiday or observance
- Eligible emergency declared by the governor or quarantine declared by the federal or state government
You may cast an absentee ballot in person, at your county auditor's office and in many cases your city or township clerk's office, starting 46 days prior to Election Day. This option is available on weekdays during business hours. In addition, the county auditor's office must be open for absentee balloting from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on the Saturday before the election and until 5:00 pm on the day before the election. Contact your county auditor for more information using the Election Official Directory
Absentee Voting by Mail
You may have an absentee ballot sent to you by completing an Absentee Ballot Application
and send it to your county auditor by mail, fax, or email (print off the application, sign it, scan it, and attach to an email as a PDF). Your ballot will be sent to you when it is ready, which must be at least 46 days prior to the election if you applied for an absentee ballot in advance. If you apply for an absentee ballot within 46 days of the election, your ballot will arrive within a day or two of your application being received.
Your completed absentee ballot must be received by your county auditor by Election Day, or it will not be counted. There are three ways you can return your absentee ballot:
- Mail back your ballot in the pre-paid envelope provided by your county auditor.
- Deliver your ballot in person to your county auditor up until 5:00 pm on the day before the election,
- Have someone else return your completed ballot, sealed in its envelope, to your county auditor until 3:00 pm on Election Day
Persons delivering ballots may not do so for more than three voters. If you are worried about your ballot not arriving on time using First Class mail, you may choose to pay for package delivery service to return your ballot. Ballots must be received by your county auditor on 3:00 pm on Election Day.
To find contact information for your county auditor, use the Election Official Directory
. Learn more about other absentee ballot situations