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
  • US General Elections - NOVEMBER 3rd

    - Election Day is November 3rd

    - Vote by mail or in person: September 18th through November 3rd 

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


  • 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

Absentee Ballot - FAQ


What is Absentee Ballot?

Absentee ballot allows voters to vote by mail.  Typically voters who cannot turn up at the polling station on the voting day prefer using the facility of absentee ballot.  The Minnesota Secretary of State's Office is encouraging all eligible voters to Vote from home, to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to keep our communities healthy.


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?

  1. Visit the Secretary of State's website - https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/
  2. Complete the "Register to Vote" application - https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/register-to-vote/   
  3. Complete the "Request for Absentee Ballot" application - https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/VoterRegistration/VoterRegistrationMain.aspx [make sure you have a Minnesota-issued driver's license/State ID or the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number]

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

The deadline for voter registration is October 13th 2020.  Please do not wait until the deadline.  Please go ahead and register right away. 


 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.  



What are the common mistakes to avoid when filling the mail-in ballot?

  • Improperly filling out your ballot by not following the directions. 
  • Forgetting to sign your envelope, which is required; the #1 reason for a ballot being rejected. 
  • Using a different signature than the one the state has on file. Now is not the time to test a new signature.
  • Not including additional documents when needed. 
  • Sending your ballot back too late. Mail it in ASAP!


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

Your returned ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day (November 3, 2020).  Best practice is to send it back in as soon as possible to make sure your vote is counted. 


Can I return my ballot in person?

There are ballot drop-and-go boxes available in most city locations as well as county election offices.  Please visit your city web site to know more about your nearest ballot drop off location or contact an absentee voting contact official at your county election office.  Locate your county election office here :  https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/find-county-election-office/


Is voting by mail safe?

Yes.  The state election officials have taken several measures to ensure safety of your absentee ballot.  Some of these safeguards include :  While returning a completed ballot, the voter has to use the same id (license / state id / SSN) they used while registering.  Ballot tracker at  http://mnvotes.org tells you exactly when the ballot arrived. In case the ballot did not arrive, the voter can cancel the ballot and legally re-vote. If someone got a hold of a voter’s id and illegally voted by mail on their behalf, they can nullify that vote and re-vote on the day of election.