Absentee Voting

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT RETURNING YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT: 

To be counted, your absentee ballot must be postmarked by Election Day (August 11, 2020) AND it must be received by the end of the day on August 12, 2020. 

If you have not yet mailed your ballot, consider dropping it off to ensure it is received on time and counted. 

DROP IT OFF ON ELECTION DAY (August 11, 2020) - Your ballot MUST be received by 3:00 pm if you are dropping it off in person.

  • New Brighton City Hall at 803 Old Hwy 8 NW
  • Ramsey County Election Offices at 90 Plato Blvd in St. Paul (free parking lot with ample parking) from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm 

OTHER OPTIONS 

  • Have a person of your choice drop your ballot off for you. Please note they will be required to complete a form and show their ID when they arrive to track who handled your ballot. Individuals may return ballots for a maximum of three (3) voters.
  • Hire a delivery service to deliver your absentee ballot to Ramsey County Elections at 90 Plato Blvd in St. Paul before 8:00 pm. State law requires that absentee ballots be received by 3:00 pm on Election Day if dropped off in person. However, state law allows absentee ballots to be accepted until 8:00 pm if delivered to County offices by a delivery service.
  • You have not voted until your absentee ballot has been received and accepted. If you have not yet returned your ballot, you may destroy your absentee ballot and cast your vote at the polls on August 11, 2020 from 7 am - 8 pm. Visit https://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/ to confirm your polling location before you go as many of our polling places have changed. Please contact the City Clerk at terri.spangrud@NewBrightonMN.gov if you have questions about our health and safety plan for polling places. 

WONDERING IF WE HAVE RECEIVED YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT?

Check on the status of your Absentee Ballot by visiting the MN Secretary of State's absentee ballot tracker at: https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/AbsenteeBallotStatus.aspx

  • If your ballot has been marked as received, it is in the possession of the County and will be processed soon. 
  • If your ballot has been marked as accepted, it has already been opened and counted.
  • If your ballot has been marked as rejected, there was a problem with your ballot. Please cast your vote at your polling location. Call Ramsey County Elections at 651-266-2171 to find out why.
  • If your ballot has been marked as mailed, they have not received it yet. It is possible that it was in a recent mail delivery and is being processed or could be in an upcoming mail delivery. Please call Ramsey County Elections at 651-266-2171 if you wish to cast your vote at the polls to guarantee your vote is received. 

FEELING SICK ON ELECTION DAY

If you are feeling sick on Election Day, are a patient in a hospital or other medical facility (including a nursing home), are a resident of a shelter or assisted living facility, or are disabled, you may enlist someone you know to help you vote. You can have someone pick up a ballot for you from City Hall on Election Day as long as you request it BEFORE 2:00 pm by completing and returning the Request for Agent Delivery of Absentee Ballot form and the Absentee Ballot Application to the City Clerk at New Brighton City Hall located at 803 Old Hwy 8 NW or to Ramsey County Elections at 90 Plato Blvd in St. Paul. You must request this service by submitting these forms BEFORE 2:00 pm on Election Day and you must have a pre-existing relationship with your agent. The agent will use these completed forms to pick up a ballot on your behalf, bring it to you and return your completed ballot to the City Clerk or county elections official. Each agent is allowed to deliver and return ballots for a maximum of three (3) voters. This service is available only in the seven (7) days immediately preceding an election. Ballots may be picked up from the City Clerk until 2:00 pm on Election Day. Completed ballots must be returned to the City Clerk or County offices by 3:00 pm on Election Day.

You can also vote from your car at your polling location. When you arrive, park in a parking spot designated for Curbside Voting. Call the phone number on the sign and Election Judges will come outside and help you vote from your car. 

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New Brighton residents may vote before Election Day beginning 46 days before each election. All voters can vote early by absentee ballot in Minnesota. You do not need to provide a reason for voting early. 

  • Voting for the State Primary Election begins Friday, June 26.
  • Voting for the General Election begins Friday, Sept. 18.

How to Vote by Mail using an Absentee Ballot

COVID-19:  We strongly encourage all voters in New Brighton to vote by mail using an absentee ballot.  

1. Complete and submit an absentee ballot application. There are several ways that this can be done.

If you are applying for an absentee ballot via paper, complete the absentee ballot application, sign it and return it to Ramsey County Elections in one of the following ways"

2. Follow the directions for registered voters provided to complete your ballot and accompanying envelopes OR follow the directions for unregistered voters provided to complete your ballot and accompanying envelopes. Do NOT use anyone else’s ballot to cast a vote.

COVID-19:  A recent court settlement regarding the August 11, 2020 State Primary Election has ordered election officials to not enforce the witness requirement for mail absentee ballots  to help voters who choose to vote at home minimize their contact with others. Instructions will be included with your absentee ballot. Please note that this requirement has been waived ONLY for the August 11, 2020 election. Click here to read the court order. 

3. Return your ballot to Ramsey County using the envelopes and directions provided.

  • By mail: PO Box 64098, Saint Paul, MN 55164
  • In person: 90 Plato Blvd W, Suite 160, Saint Paul

Military and overseas voters can vote by absentee ballot in the 46 days prior to each election by using the process outlined in the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) administered by the MN Secretary of State’s Office.

How to Vote In Person Using an Absentee Ballot

For the Aug. 11, 2020 state primary, you can vote in person before Election Day beginning Friday, June 26, 2020:

New Brighton Community Center - Community Room B
400 10th St NW, New Brighton

  • Monday through Friday from Friday, Jun. 26 until Friday, Aug. 7 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. *
  • Saturday, Aug. 8 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 10 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

COVID-19: Please use the Ramsey County Library Entrance. Social distancing will be enforced. Face masks are encouraged but are not required. If you have questions about protecting your health while visiting our in-person absentee / early voting location, please call 651-266-2171.

Ramsey County Library - Roseville
2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville

  • Monday through Friday from Friday, Jun. 26 until Friday, Aug. 7 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. *
  • Saturday, Aug. 8 - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 10 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ramsey County Elections Office - Plato Building
90 Plato Blvd. W, Suite 160

  • Monday through Friday from Friday, Jun. 26 until Friday, Aug. 7 - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. *
  • Saturday, Aug. 8 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 10 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For the Nov. 3, 2020 general election, you can vote in person before Election Day beginning Sep. 18, 2020. Locations, dates and times will be updated here in late summer 2020.

*Note: In-person absentee voting will not be available Friday, July 3, 2020 in recognition of the Independence Day Holiday.