Vote by Mail
Voters can cast a ballot in person via absentee ballot in advance of Election Day or at their polling place on Election Day.
Absentee voting by mail
Absentee voting begins 46 days before Election Day.
Gem Lake City Council Special Election on Feb. 9
Gem Lake residents can request a ballot mailed to them for the Feb. 9, 2021 special election for city council. Voters may print and complete an absentee application or contact Ramsey County Elections Office to request an application mailed to them.
Track your ballot
You can track your ballot status online to see is it has been received and accepted by the Elections Office. Please call 651-266-2171 with any questions. Statuses are updated daily.
Return your ballot in person on Election Day
On Election Day, the only place you may return your ballot in person is to the Ramsey County Elections Office by 3 p.m.
Do not place your ballot in any county or city document drop boxes or payment boxes; it will not be counted.
Vote at your polling place if you didn't return your ballot
If you requested an absentee mail-in ballot but never returned it, you can still vote. You should go to your assigned polling place to vote on Election Day. Your absentee ballot will be spoiled (made invalid) and you will be issued a new ballot to cast at the polling place.
Changing your vote
You can ask to cancel your ballot until the close of business two weeks before Election Day. After that time, you cannot cancel your ballot. To cancel your ballot, contact the elections office.
Vote by mail background
Voting by 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.