News: Absentee voting for 2016 general election begins September 23

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Ginny Gelms, Hennepin County elections manager, 612-348-9289

Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969

Absentee voting for 2016 general election begins September 23

Avoid lines on Election Day and vote when it’s convenient. All eligible voters in Hennepin County can vote absentee — in-person or by mail — beginning Friday, September 23. This is the first presidential election that voters in Minnesota may vote absentee without any specific reason.   

Vote absentee in person 

In-person absentee voting is available  through November 7 at most city halls across Hennepin County, and four Minneapolis locations including the Early Vote Center in downtown Minneapolis, at 217 South 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 on the Hennepin County Government Center skyway level, 300 S. Sixth Street, Minneapolis. Voting is available 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, with extended hours the week before Election Day, November 8. 

Learn more about absentee voting in person. 

Vote absentee by mail 

Voters must fill out a paper or online application to get a ballot. Paper applications are available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, Lao, Oromo, Khmer and Amharic.

Access the application

Absentee voters do not need to be preregistered to apply to vote. However, you can take steps to make the application process smoother.

Preregister for the general election

Confirm that you are already registered

Cast your vote

Absentee ballots will be mailed to voters within one to two days of receiving the application. 

Completed ballots must be received on or before Election Day, November 8. Voters can return ballots by mail or in person.  

Learn more about absentee voting by mail 

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