MINNEAPOLIS — You don't need to be registered to vote to get an absentee ballot in Minnesota, and you can request one any time during the year, except on Election Day. To get an absentee ballot mailed to you, you'll need:
- To be eligible to register and vote in Minnesota
- An email address
- Your identification number: Minnesota-issued driver's license, Minnesota ID card or last 4 digits of Social Security Number
No email? You'll have to apply for an absentee ballot with a paper form.
Absentee ballot applications can be returned to your county election office by mail, fax or email.
When filling out your ballot, keep in mind that you'll need to have another registered voter as a witness who can sign your ballot.
Ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day. Ballots can be returned by traditional USPS mail or any package delivery service, such as UPS or FedEx.
You can return your ballot in person no later than 3 p.m. on Election Day to the office that sent your ballot. You're allowed to drop off ballots for up to three other voters, but you'll need ID with the name and signature if returning for someone else.
Once your absentee ballot is submitted, you can track its status online.
Not sure if you're eligible to vote? In Minnesota, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old on Election Day
- Be a United States citizen
- Have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
- Have any felony conviction record discharged, expired or completed
- Not be under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights
- Not have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law
Want to see who's on your ballot? Plug in your address using the state's My Ballot tool to get a list of candidates on the ballot in your precinct.
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