Early in-person and mail-in voting begins September 18
for general election
Adapted from the Minneapolis Labor Review, August 21, 2020
ST. PAUL —Minnesota voters can apply now to request absentee ballots to vote by mail in the state’s November 3 general election. Apply online at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website: mnvotes.org.
Don’t delay: with possible delays in U.S. Mail delivery, people should allow extra time to receive their ballots by mail and return them by mail.|
As an alternative, early in-person voting will begin Friday, September 18 at local election offices and at county election offices.
The City of Minneapolis, for example, will have several early voting sites across the city, although some locations will not open until October 27 (see link for locations, dates and hours).
The Minnesota Secretary of State’s office is encouraging voting by mail.
“We need to treat the upcoming statewide elections as a public health issue,” said Steve Simon, Minnesota Secretary of State, whose office oversees state elections. “To slow the spread of COVID-19 we need to reduce large gatherings, including at polling places. I’m challenging all eligible Minnesota voters to cast their vote from the safety of their home. In the face of this pandemic, it is the right thing to do to protect Minnesotans who are most at risk — and the people who care for them. Fortunately, it’s very easy to do.”
Who can get an absentee ballot?
All eligible Minnesota voters may request an absentee ballot for the general election at mnvotes.org. The online application will ask for an e-mail address and an identification number, either a Minnesota-issued driver’s license, Minnesota ID card, or last 4 digits of Social Security Number.
You can also go to mnvotes.org to check your voter registration status, to register to vote or update your voter registration, and to track both your absentee ballot request and the status of your mailed-in ballot.