Vote Before Election Day
You can vote by absentee ballot before Election Day by voting early in person or by mail.
Vote in person absentee
Ramsey County residents can cast an absentee ballot in person at the Ramsey County Elections Office from September 21st to November 5th for the 2018 general election.
Hours will be extended beginning Saturday, November 3rd and Monday, November 5th. See the early voting page for early voting locations open from Tuesday, October 30th to Monday, November 5th.
Prepare for your visit
To save time, you can complete the required absentee ballot application and bring it when you visit. Applications in many languages and large-print can be found here.
Changing your vote
If you voted in person and your ballot was accepted (this can be verified at mnvotes.org), you can ask us to replace your ballot until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30th. Please call the Elections office to discuss your voting options.
Vote by mail
We have many options for you. You can submit your completed absentee ballot application (see below) in person, by mail (to PO Box 64098, Saint Paul, MN 55164), email, fax (651-266-2177), or simply complete an application online!
- English Large-Print
- Español (Spanish)
- Hmoob (Hmong)
- Soomaali (Somali)
- Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
- Pусский (Russian)
- 中文 (Chinese)
- ພາສາລາວ (Lao)
- ខ្មែរ (Khmer)
- S'gaw Karen
For additional languages or formats, call 1-877-600-8683.
Receiving your absentee ballot
- If you apply before absentee voting begins, your ballot will be mailed to you 46 days prior to the election.
- If you apply within 46 days of the election, your ballot will be mailed to you within one business day of your application being received.
- If you would like a ballot mailed to you, please submit your application no later than 2:00 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day. This will ensure adequate time for the ballot to reach you and for you to return it.
Returning your voted absentee ballot
Voted ballots must be received on or before Election Day. Return your voted ballot by mail or in person.
Return by mail
Mail your ballot back in the pre-paid, pre-addressed envelope that was provided with your ballot materials.
- Ballot must be received on or before Election Day.
- In Minnesota, mail generally arrives in 1-3 days.
- Outside Minnesota, mail generally arrives in 3-10 days.
- If you don't think your ballot will be received in time using regular mail, you may choose to pay for an express delivery service. Ballots can be received from an express delivery service until 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Return in person
You may return your ballot in person to Ramsey County Elections or your city clerk (except in the cities of St Paul, Falcon Heights, Spring Lake Park and Gem Lake) by 3 p.m. on Election Day.
Note: Persons delivering ballots may do so for only three voters in each election.
Changing your vote
If we have already accepted your voted absentee ballot (this can be verified at mnvotes.org), you can ask us to replace it until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 7. Please call the Elections office to discuss your voting options.
Military and overseas voters
Military and overseas voters can use a special process to get and return their ballot. Read the eligibility rules below before you apply. A spouse, parent, sibling or child age 18 and over can apply for you.
Apply for your ballot as soon as you can. Estimated transit times are listed below. Times can vary due to unforeseen events or weather issues.
- Mail sent to/from Europe usually takes one week each way.
- Mail send to/from East Asia usually tales 7-10 days each way.
- Mail send to/from Africa, South Asia, the Middle East and Latin America can take up to four weeks each way.
- Uniformed or military personnel and their dependents.
- Citizens overseas temporarily.
- Citizens overseas indefinitely (not eligible to vote in state or local elections).
Apply for your ballot
- Download a Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if you are concerned that you do not have enough time to send a regular absentee ballot.
- For federal offices, you may indicate your choice by writing in a candidate name or political party.
- For state or local offices on the FWAB, you must write the name of the candidate (not just the party) for your vote to be counted.
Receiving your ballot
You can receive the ballot by email, fax or mail. You will need to indicate on your application how you would like to receive the ballot.
Ballots are sent out by election officials at least 45 days prior to the election. When applications are received fewer than 45 days before the election, ballots are sent within one business day of receiving them.
Ballots sent by mail are airmailed to addresses outside the continental U.S. Your ballot will be sent to you by an express mail service if you provide a prepaid envelope to the county auditor’s office.
Submit your voted ballot
Regardless of how you received the ballot, you must return your voted ballot by mail or package delivery to the election office the ballot was received from. Ballots delivered by mail or package delivery service will be accepted until 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Your ballot will not be counted if it is received after Election Day.
Vote by agent
Voters may authorize an individual (agent) to pick up and return an absentee ballot for them. This service is available only within the seven days preceding an election.
Each agent is allowed to deliver and return ballots for a maximum of three voters.
You can cast an absentee vote by agent if you are a:
- Patient in a hospital, residential treatment center or nursing home.
- Resident of a group home.
- Resident of a battered women's shelter.
- Resident of an assisted living facility.
- Disabled voter.
- Voter who would have difficulty getting to the polls because of incapacitating health reasons.
How to vote by agent
- Choose someone to be your agent who:
- Has a pre-existing relationship with you.
- Is at least 18 years old.
- Is not a candidate in the election.
- Complete both of the following:
- Have your agent bring the completed forms to Ramsey County Elections (or to your local clerk) to pick up your ballot.
- Your agent can pick up a ballot until 2 p.m. on Election Day.
- Your agent will be given your ballot and envelopes to bring to you.
- Vote your ballot and complete materials according to the enclosed instructions.
- Have your agent return your voted ballot to the office where they picked it up.
- Your agent must show an ID with name and signature.
- Voted ballots must be returned by 3 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.