You can vote early with an absentee ballot at your local elections office. If you are not registered, you can do so in person if you show proof of residence.
For most elections, you can vote in person at your county election office. Some cities and towns are offering in-person absentee voting for the 2016 primary and general elections.
For most elections, absentee voting locations must be open during their normal business hours starting 46 days before the election. In addition, locations offering absentee ballots for federal, state or county elections must be open:
- The last Saturday before Election Day (10 a.m. — 3 p.m.)
- The day before Election Day until 5 p.m.
- This does not apply to school districts holding standalone elections.
Some local jurisdictions may provide additional absentee voting days or hours beyond the above required days and times. Call your jurisdiction for more information.
|First day to vote early in person||Friday, September 23|
|Last day to vote early in person||Monday, November 7|
Have an agent pick up your ballot (agent delivery)
In special situations, you may ask an agent to pick up and return an absentee ballot for you. This is called ‘agent delivery.’
To qualify for agent delivery, you must live in a:
- nursing home
- assisted living facility
- residential treatment center
- group home
- battered women’s shelter
- or, be hospitalized or unable to go to the polling place due to incapacitating health reasons or a disability.
- Your agent must be at least 18 years old, have a pre-existing relationship with you and cannot be a candidate. An individual cannot be an agent of more than three voters in an election.
Give your agent a completed absentee ballot application and a request for agent delivery of absentee ballot form. Have your agent take both forms to the local election office to receive your ballot.
Your agent can pick up your ballot starting seven days before the election until 2 p.m. on Election Day. Your agent or someone else you designate must return your ballot by 3 p.m. on Election Day. You can also return your ballot by mail. Election officials must receive your ballot on or before Election Day.
Office Of The Minnesota Secretary Of State, Steve Simon