NEW: Ballots MUST be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day



October 29, 2020

New ruling changes ballot due date

A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday evening that ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day must be set aside and could face legal challenges that would result in them not being counted.

Hennepin County has been following previous guidance from the Minnesota Secretary of State's office that said ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by November 10.

To ensure your ballot is counted, we no longer advise you mail your ballot back. Instead, drop it off or vote in person instead.

If you haven't yet returned your ballot

If your ballot is still in your possession, you are urged to drop it off at an elections ballot drop box. Note that if you're dropping off a ballot, it must be received by 3 p.m. on Election Day or it will not be counted.

Hennepin County offers two drop-off options: a drop box on the skyway level of Government Center and a drive-thru drop off at 625 South 4th Avenue (formerly the Thrivent Financial building).

More info on absentee voting can be found here.

Hennepin County ballot drop-off hours (both locations)

  • October 30: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • October 31: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • NEW: November 1: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (drive-thru only)
  • November 2: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • November 3: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Other drop-off options

Your city elections office may offer ballot drop-off options. Please check with your city office to confirm.

What to do if you recently returned your ballot by mail

If you recently put your ballot in the mail, check the status of your ballot at If your ballot has not yet been accepted, make a plan to vote in person either early or on Election Day. An election judge will confirm that your previously issued ballot has not been accepted and issue you a new ballot on the spot.

All eligible voters in Hennepin County can vote early in person. The county offers this service at Government Center.

Government Center early in-person voting hours

  • October 30: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • October 31: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • November 2: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Other in-person early voting

Some cities in Hennepin County also offer in-person early voting. Check this file (.XLS) to find the location and hours of a city absentee voting location near you.

Vote on Election Day

If you are unable to vote early, you can also vote on Election Day. An election judge will confirm that your ballot has not yet been received and issue you a new ballot.

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