Vote Early

Early voting starts September 22, 2017 in person or by mail

We believe in a Minnesota where our government and our economy is by us and for us. It starts locally—and it takes all of us. Join TakeAction Minnesota members in changing politics in our city. We can elect officials who believe more is possible in when we work together. Vote early for progressive champions!

VOTE EARLY BY MAIL!

You can get your ballot mailed directly to you. 

Step 1
Request your absentee ballot

Step 2
Complete your ballot

Make sure you fill out all the circles and follow instructions. You will need a witness when you vote and to complete your ballot. The witness can be either a registered Minnesota voter or a notary.

Step 3
Return your ballot

Once completed you may mail, fax or email your application back to the county office that issued your ballot.

  • Hennepin County Elections
    hc.vote@hennepin.us
    (612) 348-2151
    300 S 6th St
    012 Skyway Level, Government Center
    Minneapolis, MN 55487In Hennepin County you can also bring your ballot to be turned in person at the Hennepin County Elections office or to your city clerk’s office or your school district’s office. Just drop it off by 3 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 7.
  • Ramsey County Elections
    elections@co.ramsey.mn.us
    Fax: (651) 266-2177
    P.O. Box 64098
    Saint Paul, MN 55164-0098
  • Saint Louis County Elections
    elections@stlouiscountymn.gov
    Fax: (218) 725-5060
    St. Louis County Auditor
    100 North 5th Ave West, Room 214
    Duluth, MN 55802-1293
  • Find other counties’ election offices

Step 4
Check the status of your ballot

You can check the status of your ballot at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website at any time.

Step 5
Pat yourself on the back and tell a friend!

Let your friends and family know how easy it was to vote early. Share some pictures on social media using #voteearly and #OurMNFuture.

VOTE EARLY IN PERSON!

Polling locations are open before Election Day. If you prefer to vote in person, this is the option for you. Maybe you have a busy work week or will be out of town November 7th. Bottom line, you have to get this done. 

Here’s what you need to know. 

Step 1:
Find out where to go!

Find your county’s election office at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website and figure out what the plans are for each. Typically, you can vote at your county office, during business hours, any day before the election.

  • If you live in Ramsey County: Voting early in person is easy. Check out this interactive map or use this list of polling locations to find the location and hours of an early vote center in Ramsey County that’s most convenient for you.
  • If you live in Minneapolis: You can vote at the Early Vote Center one block from City Hall on the corner of 3rd Ave and 3rd St at 217 S 3rd St (get a map). Standard voting hours are be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. As Election Day gets closer, the center is open extended hours, including weekends. Dial 311 to get more info from the City of Minneapolis.
  • If you live in Duluth: Vote early at the City Clerk’s office in Room 330 in City Hall at 411 W 1st St (get a map). Call the clerk’s office at (218) 730-5500 for more information.Absentee voting in Duluth for the 2017 general election starts on September 22. Extended hours for walk-in absentee voting are on Saturday, November 4 (10 a.m.–3 p.m.) and on Monday, November 6 (8 a.m.–5 p.m.). The last day to vote absentee in person at the City Clerk’s office is on Monday, November 6.

 

Step 2 Confirm your voting location has the accessibility requirements you need

Get in touch with your early vote center to ask if there is interpreter assistance or assistance for those with vision impairments while voting. All government buildings are required to be ADA compliant.

  • In Ramsey County: Hmong and Somali language translation will be available at the Ramsey County Elections Office, Arlington Hills Community Center and Martin Luther King Recreation Center locations during the 7-day early voting period.

Step 3
Prepare for your visit!

To save time, you can complete the required absentee ballot application and bring it with you when you visit. If you don’t have access to a printer, don’t worry. They will have forms there for you.

Check to see whether you’re registered to vote. If you need to update your registration because you have moved or your name has changed, come prepared with proper identification and proof of residence.

Step 4
Go to your location and vote!

Make sure to ask questions of the elections officials in the room if you need assistance or are unclear about the process. They are there to help you.

Step 5
Pat yourself on the back and tell a friend!

Let your friends and family know how easy it was to vote early. Share some pictures on social media using #voteearly and #OurMNFuture.

Other things to consider about voting—either early or on Election Day

Do you have a criminal record? Your criminal record does not affect your right to vote in Minnesota unless you are currently serving a felony conviction sentence, including probation, parole or supervised release. Read more about voting in Minnesota for people with criminal records.

Minneapolis and Saint Paul have RANKED CHOICE VOTING! That means you can rank your picks, like you would on a Top 10 list. We like the flexibility of being able to choose amongst several qualified candidates. 

Find out more information from our friends at FairVote Minnesota: “Ranked Choice Voting is as easy as 1-2-3. Every voter gets one vote, but under RCV, voters have the power to rank candidates in order of preference instead of choosing just one. Your vote always counts for your highest-ranked candidate, and your second choice only counts if your first choice is defeated.”

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