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2020 Voter Information

Updated: Oct 26, 2020

Today, Friday, September 18th, marks the start of early and absentee voting for the 2020 General Election. Check out this quick guide about what you need to know to vote this year.

What's on my ballot?

  • Get a sample ballot that shows candidates and questions that will be on your actual ballot.

Find a sample ballot here.

Voting Early or Absentee & By Mail

  • To vote by mail, apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to you.

  • You do not need to be registered to apply.

  • Apply as soon as possible to ensure enough time to receive and send your ballot by mail.

  • All ballots must be postmarked by or on Election Day (November 3rd)

  • If you have already applied for a General Election ballot, it will be mailed to you as soon as ballots become available.

  • You can mail in your ballot, or return it early in person.

Read more about requesting your ballot, track your requested ballot, and find where you can drop your ballot off in person here.

Voting Early In-Person

UPDATE 10/26/20: Find a list of ballot drop-off facilities by location here. Several locations have been added and/or now have extended hours.

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

  • Early voting in-person starts September 18th and ends November 2nd

  • Voters can use Hennepin County's drive-thru drop off option. Drive-thru drop off is available at 625 4th Ave S (formerly the Thrivent Financial building). Meters will be bagged and signs will direct you where to park. Drive-thru hours are the same as inside drop-off at Government Center. For more information, visit the absentee voting page.

Read more and find a location to vote early in-person here.

Voting In-Person on Election Day

  • You can vote in person on election day (November 3rd, 2020).

Find your polling place here.

Important Dates

  • September 18 — Early and absentee voting begins.

  • October 2 — It's recommended that voters apply for absentee ballots before this day, to ensure they have enough time to receive and return their ballots.

  • October 27th — It's recommended that voters who are mailing their ballot get them in the mail by this day.

  • November 3 — Election Day. Voters can vote in-person at their polling place or make sure their absentee ballots are postmarked by this day.


Other Resources

  • Retire Guide has published a non-partisan voters guide for seniors linked here.


Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the fact that Minnesota is in a state of peacetime emergency, Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon is encouraging eligible voters to vote by mail, stating that "will reduce crowds at the polling place on Election Day, keeping them safer and more efficient for those who need to or prefer to vote in person, and for those 30,000 poll workers that make our Election Day voting experience the best in the nation."



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