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Voting by mail is safe, easy and convenient. All voters can vote early in Minnesota. You do not need to provide a reason to vote by mail. You can request your ballot now for both the state primary and general election.

First, register to vote or check your registration status on the Minnesota Secretary of State website.

Request an absentee ballot to vote by mail

If you prefer, you can submit an absentee ballot application (PDF):

For additional languages or formats, call 1-877-600-8683.

Receiving your 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.
  • Please submit your application no later than 2 p.m. on Friday, August 7 for the state primary and no later than 2 p.m on Friday, Oct. 30 for the general election to ensure adequate time for the ballot to reach you and for you to return it.

Returning your voted ballot

Voted ballots must be received by the Elections Office before 3 p.m on Tuesday, Aug.11 for the state primary and before 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3 for the general election. 

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 think your ballot will not 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 Tuesday, Aug.11 for the state primary and until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3 for the general election. 

Return in person

You may return your ballot in person to Ramsey County Elections by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug.11 for the state primary and before 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3 for the general election.

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, July 28 for the state primary and until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 for the general election.