Eligible voters in Minnesota can cast an early absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 election beginning Sept. 18, either in person or via mail. Those options are expected to be especially popular this year, as more people opt to avoid in-person lines and interactions during the coronavirus pandemic.

Given the options, it’s easy to feel confused or intimidated about the deadlines and processes for getting your ballot to election officials on time. Whether you plan to vote in person or by mail, we have you covered. Here’s what you need to know to cast your ballot.


Have questions about voting, or what to expect from Election Day results? Get answers from Star Tribune politics reporter Zoë Jackson and data visuals editor C.J. Sinner on /r/TwinCities on Monday, Nov. 2 at 12 p.m. CT.

Politics reporter Torey Van Oot answered reader questions about early voting live on Reddit — see what people asked and what she answered on /r/Minneapolis.


Correction: Previous versions of this article misstated the circumstances in which individuals are permitted to return ballots on behalf of other voters. It also incorrectly stated a deadline for registering to vote in order to request an absentee ballot.