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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 a paper absentee ballot application (PDF):

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

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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, you may track when your application is processed and ballot is mailed. Due to high volume there may be a slight delay in processing absentee requests.

Returning your ballot

Return by mail

Mail your ballot back in the pre-paid, pre-addressed envelope that was provided with your ballot materials. You can return your ballot using your home post office or any location USPS serves

  • For the Aug. 11, 2020 state primary, your ballot must be postmarked by Aug. 11, 2020 and delivered to Ramsey County Elections Office by Aug. 13, 2020.
  • 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.

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.

For the primary, you can also return your ballot to the in-person absentee voting locations at the New Brighton Community Center and Ramsey County Library - Roseville.

Changing your vote

If your voted absentee ballot has been accepted (this can be verified at, you can ask the Elections Office 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.

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Track your ballot

Track when your ballot has been mailed to you, received by the Elections Office and counted. Statuses are updated daily.

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Voting my mail is a form of absentee voting that has been an option for Minnesota residents for nearly 100 years.

For several years, Ramsey County has been committed to expanding absentee voting options – including voting by mail – and removing barriers to voting so that all eligible voters in our community can easily exercise their right to participate in elections and avoid waiting in line on Election Day. Interest and demand for absentee voting by Ramsey County residents has also grown significantly in recent elections. In 2016 – the last year with a presidential election – 8% of voters voted absentee in the primary and 23% voted absentee in the general election.