Absentee Voting

Vote By Mail

Due to COVID-19, voters are encouraged to vote absentee by mail.  Doing so will help control large crowds of people voting in person. 

Complete the online absentee application on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website to have a ballot mailed to you.

Absentee Voters may:

  • Vote in person during the 46 days prior to a regularly scheduled election, OR
  • Complete the entire process by mail (absentee ballots are available 46 days prior to Election Day)  

Citizens who are not pre-registered can apply for an absentee ballot and will receive voter registration materials included with their ballot.

Absentee Voting Hours

You may vote by absentee ballot at the Maple Grove Government Center, 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway, from:

  • August 4 to August 10, 2020 for the Primary Election
  • September 18 to November 2, 2020 for the General Election

Government Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Additional Extended Hours for Voting Absentee

  • Primary Election: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 and Monday, August 10 until 5 p.m.
  • General Election: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, October 31 and Monday, November 2 until 5 p.m.  

If you are unable to vote in person at the Government Center, you can complete an absentee ballot application (PDF) and do one of the following:

  • Fax to Hennepin County Elections at 612-348-2151
  • Email to hc.vote@hennepin.us
  • Mail to Hennepin County Elections, MC 012 Government Center, 300 S 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55487-0012

If you’re unable to download the application, please call the Maple Grove Election Line at 763-494-6497 to request that an absentee ballot be sent to you. Upon receipt of completed and signed application, your absentee ballot will be sent to you.

Military & Overseas Voters
If you are in the military or residing overseas, there is a different process for applying and voting by absentee ballot. Please contact Hennepin County Elections Office (612-348-5152) or visit the Hennepin County website for more information.

Track Your Absentee Ballot
You can track your absentee ballot using the Absentee Ballot Status Lookup feature on the Minnesota Secretary of State website.

On Election Day the deadlines and requirements for return of an absentee ballot are:

  • Absentee ballots delivered by United States Postal Service (USPS) must be received by the City or County election office by the last regular USPS mail delivery on Election Day.
  • Absentee ballots hand-delivered by an agent of the voter (a commercial delivery service or any individual other than the voter) must be received by the City or County election office by 3 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Absentee ballots may be returned by the voter anytime during the absentee period, and up until 3 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Absentee ballots CANNOT be delivered directly to a polling place.