Media availability with Hennepin County Elections Manager Ginny Gelms

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Hennepin County Minnesota


Contact: Carolyn Marinan, Communications, 612-348-5969

Media availability with Hennepin County Elections Manager Ginny Gelms

Voting for the 2020 general election is in full swing in Minnesota. As of Monday, October 5, Hennepin County had issued 417,900 absentee ballots and accepted 127,600 of them.

A record number of people are expected to vote early in person or by mail this year.

Join Hennepin County Elections Manager Ginny Gelms for an elections update and a Q&A session.



  • Today: Thursday, October 8, at 10:30 a.m.


Hennepin County now offering drive-thru ballot drop off

Hennepin County residents can now drop off their ballot without leaving their car.

The county began offering the option at 625 4th Ave S. (formerly the Thrivent Financial building) on Monday and will continue to offer it until the day before Election Day. Voters can simply drive up to the designated location, park, and elections staff will meet them at their vehicle. After asking them a few questions, their ballot will be placed in a secure drop box.

Drive-thru drop off hours are the same as those for inside drop off at Government Center. More information is available at

Minnesota voters have options

Those who choose to vote absentee can track their ballot status at More information on voting by mail is available at

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 ballot
    • Voters can choose to drop off their absentee ballot rather than sending 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 cannot be dropped off at a voter’s polling place

Those who choose to vote absentee can track their ballot status at More information on voting by mail is available at

In person voting

  • 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 – voters are encouraged to check for availability before going
  • Vote on Election Day
    • Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day
    • Due to COVID-19, polling locations may have changed, so voters are encouraged to check before going 
    • Voters are required to follow all county and city COVID-19 safety guidelines, including wearing a face covering and maintaining proper physical distance 

Look for more news on the Hennepin County website at

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