Last updated on November 1, 2016
Minnesota absentee ballot deadlines
- Absentee ballot application deadlines: No specific deadline. We recommend requesting your ballot at least one month before Election Day
- Voted ballots are due: Received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day (by mail).
Received by 3:00 p.m. on Election Day (in person).
Minnesota absentee ballot rules
Any registered Minnesota voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by absentee ballot.
Minnesota absentee ballot directions
- Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
- Sign and date the form. This is very important!
- Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We’ll provide the mailing address for you.
- All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. If it’s close to the deadline, call and see if your Local Election Office will let you fax or email the application.
- Make sure your application is received by the deadline. Your application must actually arrive by this time — simply being postmarked by the deadline is insufficient.
- Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.
Once you receive your ballot...
- Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
- A witness must sign your absentee ballot envelope to verify that your ballot was delivered blank and that you marked the ballot in private. The witness can be a notary from any state or a registered Minnesota voter.
- Sign and date where indicated.
- Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope. Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.