Early voting underway ... Vote today! Voting has never been easier

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Early voting begins

Early voting is underway all across Minnesota. State law provides that citizens can vote in-person or by mail 46 days before an election.

Voting has never been easier. This is your golden opportunity to vote early if you will be busy or away from your polling place on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 6) or if you just want to avoid the long lines on Election Day. You don't need a reason to vote early.

Vote early by mail
If you plan to vote early by mail, you will need to have an absentee ballot sent to you, according to the secretary of state’s website (www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/vote-early-by-mail). You do not need to be registered to apply.

For your ballot to count, the secretary of state asks you to remember this important information:

  1. Read the instructions that come with your ballot carefully.
  2. You will need a witness when you vote and complete your ballot. The witness can be either a registered Minnesota voter or a notary.
  3. Mail the ballot and forms back right away after you finish. Your ballot will not count if it is received after Election Day.

The secretary of state’s website provides the instructions on how to vote by mail, as well as an online link to the application form and a way to track your ballot once you’ve applied. To request an absentee ballot, go here:
https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/ABRegistration/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx

Vote early in-person
You can vote early with an absentee ballot at your local elections office, according to the secretary of state’s website. The first day to vote is Friday and the last day to vote early is the day before Election Day.

All voters have at least one location where they can vote early in person with an absentee ballot, according to the secretary of state. Depending on where you live, there may be additional locations.

  1. You can vote in person at your county election office.
  2. In addition to your county election office, some cities and towns offer in-person absentee voting. Check with your city clerk's office for more information.

For most elections, absentee voting locations must be open during their normal business hours starting 46 days before the election. In addition, according to the secretary of state, locations offering absentee ballots for federal, state or county elections must be open:

  • Last Saturday before Election Day (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
  • Day before Election Day until 5 p.m.

For more information on voting early in person, go here:
www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/vote-early-in-person

For more information on Election Day voting, go here: www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/election-day-voting