NEWS: Vote early for state primary August 2-8

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Contact: Ginny Gelms, Hennepin County elections manager, 612-348-9289
Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969

Vote early for state primary August 2-8

Hennepin County voters place ballots directly into counting machines    

Hennepin County eligible voters can now directly place their ballots into a ballot counter when voting in-person the week before any election.

Voting machines will record votes as they are turned in August 2-8, but will not report results until after polls close on State Primary Day, which is August 9.

This is possible after the Minnesota State Legislature passed a new law in 2016. Previously, in-person absentee voters placed their ballots into a series of envelopes.

This new system provides many benefits to voters:

  • Vote at a convenient time  
  • Have confidence that a ballot is immediately counted  
  • Verify ballot was properly filled out and accepted by the counting machine
  • Avoid hassle of placing absentee ballots in series of envelopes       

 This change also helps election officials by providing:

  • Faster results reporting on election night
  • Increased savings in time and materials to administer the election

In-person absentee voting is available now through August 8 at most city halls across Hennepin County and at the Early Vote Center in downtown Minneapolis at 217 S. Third Street. Each city location can accommodate voters who live in that particular city.

Check available locations.

Voters who live anywhere in Hennepin County also may vote in-person at the Hennepin County Government Center -- 300 S. Sixth Street, Minneapolis – skyway level.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Pre-primary extended hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, August 6, and 4:30 to 5 p.m., Monday, August 8.

For information about voting and elections in Hennepin County, visit

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