News: Absentee voting for the MN 2020 presidential nomination primary begins today

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Hennepin County Minnesota


Contact: Hennepin County Elections, 612-348-5151 or

Media contact: Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969

Absentee voting for the Minnesota 2020 presidential nomination primary begins January 17

Vote early through March 2

All eligible voters in Hennepin County can vote absentee—either in-person or by mail—beginning Friday, January 17, for their party’s 2020 presidential nominee.


Indicate party of choice for statewide presidential primary

Two major parties, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and the Republican Party, have submitted candidates for the Minnesota ballot.

Voters must indicate their party of choice before receiving a ballot.

Learn more about the statewide presidential primary from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office.

View a sample ballot from the Secretary of State’s website.


Vote early in person

In-person absentee voting is available January 17 through March 2 at city halls across Hennepin County. Minneapolis residents can vote early at the Elections & Voter Services Office located at 980 East Hennepin Avenue, and not at city hall. Each city location can accommodate voters who live in that particular city.

Voters who live anywhere in Hennepin County can in-person absentee vote at the Hennepin County Government Center – 300 South Sixth Street, Minneapolis – skyway level. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Learn more about absentee voting in person.


Vote early by mail

Voters must fill out an application online or on paper to receive a ballot.

Voters do not need to be registered to vote to apply to vote absentee. To make the process easier, voters may want to register or ensure you are registered before applying for an absentee ballot.

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

Completed ballots must be received on or before the Presidential Nomination Primary Day, March 3. Voters can return ballots by mail or in person. 

Learn more about absentee voting by mail.


Election judges still needed for presidential nomination primary day, March 3

Cities throughout Hennepin County are looking for election judges to handle all aspects of voting at the polling place for all 2020 elections. Interested community members should sign up now. 

Many cities are particularly looking for multilingual election judges who speak English and Spanish, Somali, Hmong, Vietnamese or other languages.

Residents who are eligible to vote are eligible to be election judges. Students who are 16 or 17 years old and who are in good academic standing are also eligible. 

Judges should be available for one paid training for a few hours plus a paid shift on Presidential Nomination Primary Day, March 3. Pay and shift lengths vary by city.

Interested residents can contact election officials in any city, or use Hennepin County’s online form. Hennepin County elections staff will forward all completed forms to local election officials. Residents may be election judges in cities other than where they live.

Sign up to be an election judge in Hennepin County


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