News: Vote early November 1-7



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Contact: Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969
Hennepin County Elections, 612-348-5151

Vote early November 1-7

Hennepin County voters place ballots directly into counting machines    

Hennepin County voters will directly place their ballots into a ballot counter when voting in person November 1-7.

In-person absentee voting is available at most city halls across Hennepin County and at several locations in Minneapolis now until November 7. 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:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 1, through Friday, Nov. 4 – 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 5 – 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 7, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Direct balloting 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.

Voting machines will record votes as they are turned in, but will not report results until after polls close on Election Day, November 8.

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

For information about voting and elections in Hennepin County, visit

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