2020 Elections

Not sure about being present at the polling station on Election Day? - Vote by Mail!
How to get an absentee ballot?
Step 1: Apply for an absentee ballot - www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting
Step 2: Once the ballot arrives, mark your vote, sign it, and mail it back. Once mailed you can track the status of your ballot.

Important things to note:
- Any US Citizen over the age of 18 can vote
- No excuse is needed for an absentee ballot
- Witness signature not required due to COVID-19
  • MN Primary Elections - AUGUST 11 th

    - Primary Day is August 11th

    Your returned ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day (August 11, 2020) and received by your county by the day before the county canvass, which may take place on the second or third day following the election.

    - Vote by mail or in person: June 26 through August 10

    - Register in advance by July 21 to save time on Primary Election Day

  • US General Elections - NOVEMBER 3rd

    - Election Day is November 3rd

    - Vote by mail or in person: September 18 through November 2

    - Register in advance by October 13 to save time on Election Day


Absentee Ballot - FAQ


What is Absentee Ballot?

Absentee ballot allows voters to vote by mail 


What is the significance of the Absentee ballot?

Typically voters who cannot turn up at the polling station on the voting day prefers using the facility of absentee ballot.


Why did the significance of  absentee ballots increase this year?

Due to COVID-19  social distancing measures following CDC guidelines,  more voters are turning towards the absentee ballot in 2020.


Do I need to provide an excuse for voting by absentee ballot?

No.  Any registered Minnesota voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by absentee ballot.


How do I request an absentee ballot?

There are two ways.

  1. Apply online - 


2.              Download the below application form

https://www.sos.state.mn.us/media/2444/english-regular-absentee-ballot-application.pdf fill this up, and send to your county election office by mail, fax or email.  Find your county election office at https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/find-county-election-office/


What is the last date of application for an absentee ballot?

You can apply for a ballot any time during the year, except the day of the election. Leave time for election officials to mail your ballot. 


How do I complete the absentee ballot for the primaries?

  1. Use black in only to fill up the ballot
  2. Mark your candidate choice. Do not write name or id number anywhere on the ballot
  3. Seal your ballot in the tan ballot envelope and put it in the white signature envelope
  4. Enter your driver’s license number or last for digits of your SSN
  5. Read the oath and sign
  6. Put the signature envelope into the larger white return envelope and mail it.


What about the witness signature?

This year, due to COVID-19 a witness signature is not needed.  


Anything else I need to know about the primaries?

Minnesota has an open primary.  That is, you don’t have to be affiliated with a political party to vote in the primary election.  However you have to stick to one party - That is, you may select one party and vote for that party’s nominations.   


What is the last date of returning my vote by absentee ballot?

Your returned ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day (August 11, 2020).  Your ballot will not count if it is received after the deadline. 


Can I return my ballot in person?

You can return your ballot in person no later than 3 p.m. on Election Day to the election office that sent your ballot.


When is the next election?



To know more please visit https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/vote-early-by-mail/