Minnesota’s election laws have changed

3 ways you can vote in 2014

Vote Early by Mail

Cast your primary election ballot from the comfort of your home.  For more information on how to vote early by mail, go here.

Vote Early in Person

Conveniently cast your primary election ballot, prior to Election Day, by visiting your local election office.  For more information on how to vote early in person, go here.

Vote on Election Day

Make plans to vote on August 12 at your local polling place.  To find your polling place, go here.

Election FAQs

Who can vote early?

Everyone.  You do not need an excuse to vote early by mail or in person! If you’re not registered to vote, you will receive a registration form along with your absentee ballot.

Are there any restrictions to voting by mail?

You must have a registered Minnesota voter sign the ballot as a witness or have a notary sign.

When can I start voting?

You can vote early in person or by mail starting June 27 for the primary.  The election dates are August 12, 2014 for the primary and November 4, 2014 for the general election.

Can I track my absentee ballot?

Voters can track the progress of their absentee ballot with the absentee ballot status tool.

How can I request a replacement ballot?

Contact your local election official to ask for a replacement ballot.  The election official will record the first ballot as invalid.  You should complete and return the replacement ballot even if you later find or received the original one.

Can I request a ballot for another voter?

In special situations, you may ask someone to pick up and return an absentee ballot for you.  This option is called ‘agent delivery.’  To have someone pick up your ballot, you must:

  • Live in a nursing home, assisted living facility, residential treatment center, group home or battered women’s shelter.
  • Or, be hospitalized or unable to go to the polling place due to incapacitating health reasons or a disability.

Agents must be at least 18 years old, have a pre-existing relationship with you and cannot be a candidate.  No individual may be an agent of more than three voters in an election.

Give your agent a completed absentee ballot application and a request for agent delivery of absentee ballot form.  The agent should take both forms to the local election office to receive the ballot.

  • The agent can pick up the ballot anytime starting seven days before the election through 2pm on Election Day.
  • The agent or someone else you designate must return completed ballots by 3pm on Election Day.
  • You may also return the absentee ballot by mail or special delivery service; the ballot must be received by election officials on or before Election Day.