Drive-thru ballot drop off now available – Hennepin County elections update, October 5



October 5, 2020

Drive-thru drop off now available

Drop off your ballot without leaving your car!

Starting today, voters can use Hennepin County's drive-thru drop off option. Simply drive up to the designated location, park, and elections staff will meet you at your vehicle. They'll ask you a few questions and place your ballot in a secure drop box.

Drive-thru drop off is available at 625 4th Ave S (formerly the Thrivent Financial building). Meters will be bagged and signs will direct you where to park. Drive-thru hours are the same as inside drop-off at Government Center. For more information, visit our absentee voting page.

Drive-thru ballot drop off starts October 5

Voters have options

Do you have a plan to vote? Whether you want to vote in person or from the comfort of your own home, in Minnesota you have options.

Vote by mail

  • Return ballot by mail
    • An easy and safe way to vote
    • Completed ballots can be returned in the included pre-paid envelope
    • Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by November 10 to be counted
  • Drop off your ballot
    • Voters can choose to drop off their absentee ballot rather than send it back by mail
    • Hennepin County offers a drop-off box at Government Center and a drive-thru drop off at 625 4th Ave S (formerly the Thrivent Financial building) in downtown Minneapolis
    • Ballots must be dropped off by 3 p.m. on Election Day and can not be dropped off at a voter's polling place

Those who choose to vote absentee can track their ballot status at Learn more about your absentee voting options on Hennepin County's elections page.

Vote in person

  • Early in-person voting
    • Any eligible voter in Hennepin County can vote early at Hennepin County Government Center on the skyway level
    • Many cities offer early in-person voting at their elections office – check for availability before you go
  • Vote on Election Day
    • Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day
    • Due to COVID-19, your polling location may have changed, so be sure to check before you go
    • If you plan to vote on Election Day, please note that you are required to follow all county and city COVID-19 safety guidelines, including wearing a face covering and maintaining proper physical distance

Absentee voting update

Each week, Hennepin County will provide the latest stats on absentee voting for the 2020 general election. Absentee voting began Friday, September 18.

As of October 5 at 8 a.m. in Hennepin County:

  • Registered voters: 824,700
  • Ballots issued: 417,900
  • Ballots accepted: 127,600

Already submitted your ballot? Track it at

Dates to remember

Please keep in mind these important election-related dates:

  • September 18: Absentee ballots sent out for those who have already requested one; in-person early voting for the general election begins
  • October 13: Pre-registration ends at 5 p.m. for the general election
  • November 2: In-person early voting for the general election ends at 5 p.m.
  • November 3: General/Presidential Election Day

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