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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 the 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):

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.

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

Return your ballot

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Return your ballot in person

Ballots may be returned in person to any of the locations listed below. Locations are open through Nov. 2. Any Ramsey County voter may use any location regardless of home address.

  • Ballots should be returned inside the building where an official will verify the voter information is complete.
  • Ballots may be returned using curbside service at the Ramsey County Elections Office, New Brighton Community Center, and Ramsey County Library - Roseville locations. Please call the number listed on the sign when you arrive.
  • Ballots should not be placed in any county or city document drop boxes or payment boxes. 

View map of ballot return locations

Returning your ballot on Election Day

On Election Day, Nov. 3, you may return your ballot in person to Ramsey County Elections Office by 3 p.m.

Returning your ballot 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.

Find USPS locations

  • Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3 and delivered to Ramsey County Elections Office by Nov. 10.
  • In Minnesota, mail generally arrives in 1-3 days.
  • Outside Minnesota, mail generally arrives in 3-10 days.
  • Ballots may also be returned via express delivery service and must be received by Ramsey County Elections Office by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Changing your vote

If your voted absentee ballot has been accepted (this can be verified at mnvotes.org), you can ask the Elections Office to replace it 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 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.