News: Hennepin County voting update

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

Hennepin County voting update

Hennepin County Elections Manager Ginny Gelms is available for pre-election and Election Day interviews. Contact Carolyn Marinan at 612-348-5969 to coordinate.  

As of Monday, November 7, at 8:30 a.m. in Hennepin County:

  • Ballots issued (mail and in-person absentee voting) – 199,000
  • Ballots issued since Monday, October 31 – 71,000

  • Ballots received and accepted (mail and in-person absentee voting) – 176,000
  • Ballots received and accepted since Monday, October 31 – 83,000

Hennepin County has more than doubled the previous record of accepted absentee ballots, which was 82,000 during the 2008 election.

Hennepin County has 759,000 pre-registered voters, the highest in recorded history. About 21% of pre-registered voters have already cast an absentee ballot during the 2016 presidential election.

Hennepin County cities with the highest numbers of absentee voters:

  • Minneapolis: 53,000
  • Bloomington: 13,000
  • Plymouth: 13,000
  • Edina: 11,000

About 683,000 Hennepin County residents voted in the 2012 presidential election.

Mail-in absentee ballots

Mail absentee ballots must be received by Election Day to be counted. Voters may drop off their absentee ballot until 3 p.m. on Election Day to the address on the provided return envelope. For Minneapolis voters, that is the Elections Office in Minneapolis City Hall. For all other Hennepin County voters, it is the Elections Office in the Hennepin County Government Center—300 S. 6th Street, Minneapolis.

Voters cannot return an absentee ballot to their Election Day polling place, but they can go to their polling place to vote on Election Day if they have not already returned an absentee ballot.

Additional information

Monday, November 7, is the final day for in-person absentee balloting. Eligible voters may register to vote at their polling place on Election Day, November 8.

Voters can look up their polling place, sample ballot, voter registration status, and absentee ballot status at

For more information about elections and voting in Hennepin County, visit

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