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Absentee Ballot Application

HOW TO VOTE EARLY BY MAIL

*IF YOU APPLY ONLINE PLEASE DISREGARD STEP 1

  1. Download an absentee ballot application, then mail, fax or email it to your local elections office. You can also drop it off in person at your local elections office. You do not need to be registered to vote to request an absentee ballot. Election officials will mail the absentee ballot materials to you soon after receiving your application.
  2. Once you receive your ballot in the mail, follow the instructions carefully. You will need a witness to sign the absentee ballot signature envelope to confirm your ballot was delivered blank and that you marked the ballot in private. The witness must be another registered Minnesota voter, or a notary from any state.
    1. If you are not registered to vote, a voter registration application will be included in the materials. You must show your witness an accepted proof of residence when registering.
  3. Return the ballot on or before Election Day. Delivery options:
    1. Mail it in the provided pre-paid envelope or by package delivery service. The ballot must arrive on or before Election Day.
    2. Deliver it in-person to the office that sent the absentee ballot by 5 p.m. on the day before the election.
    3. Have someone else return your ballot before 3 p.m. on Election Day. This person cannot deliver more than three ballots.
    4. You may not hand deliver your own absentee ballot on Election Day.

WHERE TO MAIL, FAX, OR EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION

Select your county to find your election office.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where to return your application
You should return this to your local election office.
Information for active-duty military and overseas voters
If you are applying for an absentee ballot because you or your family are active-duty military or because you will be overseas and/or outside of the territorial limits of the United States, do not use this application. You are entitled to special protections if you apply using the Federal Postcard Application. For more information, go to: https://minnesota.overseasvotefoundation.org
Options for returning absentee ballot applications
Absentee ballot applications may be returned by mail, fax or as a scanned attachment to an email.
When your ballot will be sent
Your absentee ballot materials will be sent to you at least 46 days before a regularly scheduled election for federal, state, county, city or school board office or a special election for federal or county office and 30 days before any other election. If you applied after this date, your ballot will be sent when the application is received. Contact your local election official if you have not received your ballot.
Who may apply for a ballot
Each person must apply for themselves. It is a felony to make a false statement in an application for an absentee ballot, to attempt to cast an illegal ballot, or to help anyone to cast an illegal ballot.
If you think you may not be registered to vote
If you are not registered at the given legal residence address, you will be sent a voter registration application with your ballot materials.
Confidentiality Notice
The data you supply on this application is restricted to election officials prior to Election Day at 8:00 p.m. After that time, this application and the data on it, other than your identification number and date of birth, are public information. Your date of birth is required to ensure that this application can be associated with the correct voter. If you refuse to provide your date of birth, this application cannot be processed and you will not be provided with an absentee ballot. Your ID number is required to ensure that the ballot is returned by the same voter who applied for it. You may refuse to provide it, but doing so may lead to your absentee ballot being rejected and will prevent you from checking the status of your absentee ballot online.
Options available to you if you have a disability
You may:

  • sign the application yourself,
  • make your mark, or
  • ask another person to sign for you in your presence (have the person sign their own name as well).
  • If you have adopted the use of a signature stamp for all purposes of signature, you may use your signature stamp or ask another person to use your signature stamp in your presence. See Minnesota Statutes, section 645.44, subdivision 14.

Information regarding Power of Attorney
Voting is not covered by power of attorney. A power of attorney pertains only to affairs affecting property. A person with power of attorney may only sign for you in your presence, as outlined above. See Minnesota Statutes, section 523.24, subdivision 14.