Healthy Voting in Minnesota

For the November 3, 2020 general election in Minnesota

  • All voters must be registered to cast a ballot.
  • All voters can request an absentee ballot.

  • Early voting (in-person absentee voting) is available at your local elections office.

  • Polling places are open on Election Day.

  • Same-day registration is available at all Election Day voting locations.

Healthy Voting tips

Voting by mail is a healthy option because it lets you maintain physical distance and helps reduce crowding at in-person voting centers.

If you go out to vote - whether to drop off a ballot or vote in person - follow these common-sense precautions:

  • Wear a mask or other face covering.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Before and after voting, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

If you are sick or concerned that you have been exposed to the coronavirus, seek medical care. If you don’t have an absentee ballot, contact your local election office for guidance about your voting options.


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Voting by mail is a healthy option because you vote at home. If you go out at all, it's only to mail or drop off your ballot.

Voting by mail is also called absentee voting or early voting by mail in Minnesota.

Deadline to return your ballot
Postmarked by Election Day, November 3
and received by November 10 for mailed ballots
OR
Delivered by Election Day, November 3 at 3:00 pm to your elections office.

Postage is pre-paid, so you don’t need a stamp.

You can track your ballot online.

How to get your ballot

All registered voters can request an absentee ballot.

The deadline to request a ballot is November 2, 2020.

The U.S. Postal Service recommends requesting a ballot as soon as possible, no later than October 19.

You can:

  • Request a ballot online.
  • Download, print, and mail a request form.
  • Download and email a request form.
  • Call or visit your local elections office.

Remember:

  • To use the online form, you must provide a state driver’s license or state ID card number or the last four digits of your Social Security Number.

How to return your ballot

Drop it off in person:

  • At your elections office.

Mail it:

  • Put it in your own mailbox for the mail carrier to collect.
  • Put it in a Post Office blue mailbox.
  • Take it to a post office.

Make sure your ballot counts! Remember...


  • Be sure to sign the declaration on the return envelope.

  • Witness signature or notary requirements are waived for this election.

  • Seal inner and outer envelopes.

  • Closely follow all instructions to ensure your ballot is counted.

  • You don't need a stamp because postage is pre-paid.

Healthy tips for voting by mail in Minnesota

  • If you return your ballot at a mailbox or drop box, wash your hands afterwards for 20 seconds.
  • If you go out to drop off your ballot, practice physical distancing and wear a mask or other face covering to protect yourself and others.
More tips for healthy voting by mail

Early voting is voting in person before Election Day, which is usually less crowded than going on Election Day itself. Early voting methods vary, so check the options available in your area.

Early voting is also called absentee voting in person in Minnesota.

September 18 through November 2, elections offices are open where you can request and cast an absentee ballot. 

Healthy tips for early voting in Minnesota

  • Follow instructions for healthy voting at your early voting location.
  • Wear a mask or other face covering, and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Wash with soap and water or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol before and after voting.
  • If you can, go when the early voting center will not be as busy, usually mid-morning or early-afternoon.
More tips for healthy voting in person

When you vote in person on Election Day, you go to a voting center to mark and cast your ballot in person. Voting centers also have accessible voting systems and language access options.

Most polling places are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Polling places are open on Election Day.

  • Same-day registration is available at all Election Day voting locations.
  • Find a location near you at your elections website.

Healthy tips for voting in person on Election Day in Minnesota

  • Follow instructions for healthy voting at your in-person voting location.
  • Wear a mask or other face covering, and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet to protect yourself, election workers, and other voters.
  • Before and after voting, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • If you can, go when the voting center will not be as busy, usually mid-morning or early-afternoon.
More tips for healthy voting in person

How to find your accessible options for the November 3, 2020 general election in Minnesota.

The best way to learn exactly what options are available to you is at your state and local elections office.


Accessible voting by mail in Minnesota

If you can mark, verify and cast a paper mail-in ballot privately and independently, voting by mail is a healthy option, especially if you can use a drop-off location to return your ballot.

For the November 3, 2020 general election in Minnesota:

  • All registered voters can request an absentee ballot.
  • Postage is pre-paid, so you don’t need a stamp.
  • You can track your ballot online.

Some elections offices offer accessible ballot marking tools for voters who cannot mark a vote-by-mail ballot without assistance. These tools let you download a ballot that you can mark on your personal computer, with your own assistive technology. You then print and return the ballot by mail or in-person. Check with your local elections office for information.

Accessible voting in person

For the November 3, 2020 general election in Minnesota:

  • Polling places are open on Election Day.

Federal law requires that every in-person voting location has at least 1 accessible voting system. Look for information about how to use the accessible voting systems on the state accessibility information page or contact your local elections office.

Based on changing public health guidance and state policy, voting locations may change before the election or several polling places may be consolidated into one larger location. Check your local election website for up to date information about voting locations and opening hours.

If you have a choice of when to vote, in-person voting locations are usually less crowded mid-morning or early afternoon.

Voters with disabilities may be able to use an accessible voting system at the elections office before Election Day.

Other accessible voting options

Ask your local elections office about whether these accessible voting options are available:

  • Ballot delivery to your home or a “ride to the polls” program.
  • Curbside or drive-up voting, so you don’t have to get out of your car.
  • Election and voting information in large print, audio, or Braille versions.
  • Any requirements to have someone assist you in marking and casting your ballot.

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