In Minnesota, voters are allowed to cast an absentee ballot for any reason in the 46 days prior to Election Day by mail or in person.
2019 School Elections
If you wish to cast your ballot before Election Day for a school election taking place in 2019, please contact your school district directly to request an absentee ballot or to learn where to cast an absentee ballot in person.
Military and overseas voters can vote by absentee ballot by using the process outlined in the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) administered by the MN Secretary of State’s Office.
New Brighton voters may cast an absentee ballot for any reason in person in Room 209 in the Upper Level of the New Brighton Community Center in the 46 days prior to each election. They may also choose to complete the absentee process by mail by submitting an absentee ballot application to Ramsey County Elections.
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.
Precinct Caucus – Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Precinct caucuses are meetings run by Minnesota’s political parties. Although parties may show support for specific candidates and decide on values and goals, precinct caucuses are not official elections. Accordingly, absentee voting is not available.
Presidential Primary Election – Tuesday, March 3, 2020
The date of the Presidential Primary Election is scheduled for March 3, 2020 unless major party chairs agree to a different date by 3/1/2019.
If the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election date is unchanged, absentee voting would begin Friday, January 17, 2020. Additional information will be posted after the date is confirmed.
State Primary Election – Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Absentee voting for the 2020 August Primary Election begins Friday, June 26, 2020.
Where: Room 209 of the New Brighton Community Center
Regular Hours: June 26, 2020 – August 7, 2020 Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm*
- Saturday, August 8, 2020 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
- Monday, August 10, 2020 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
*Note: In-person absentee voting will not be available Friday, July 3rd in recognition of the Independence Day Holiday.
General Election – Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Absentee voting for the 2020 November General Election begins on September 18, 2020.
Where: Room 209 of the New Brighton Community Center
Regular Hours: September 18, 2020 – October 30, 2020 Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
- Thursday, October 29, 2020 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Saturday, October 31, 2020 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
- Monday, November 2, 2020 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
How to Submit an Absentee Ballot
Absentee Voting by Mail
**Remember to allow at least seven (7) to ten (10) days between requesting your absentee ballot and completing the voting process.
1. Complete an absentee ballot application.
- Request an absentee ballot online and wait for your ballot to arrive at your home.
- Have an application mailed to you by calling 651-638-2100 (New Brighton Elections) or 651-266-2171 (Ramsey County Elections)
- Or, if you prefer, you may also download an Absentee Ballot Application
If you are applying for an absentee ballot via paper, complete the absentee ballot application, sign it and return it to:Ramsey County Elections P.O. Box 64098 St. Paul MN 55164-0098 Fax: 651.638.2044 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
3. Return your ballot to Ramsey County.
The General Election is scheduled for November 6, 2018.
In-person absentee voting will be available at the New Brighton Community Center in Room 209 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm beginning September 21, 2018 with the following exceptions:
- Thursday, November 1: 8:00 am–6:00 pm
- Saturday, November 3: 8:00 am–3:00 pm
- Monday, November 5: 8:00 am–5:00 pm
Requirements for the return of an absentee ballot
- Absentee ballots CANNOT be delivered directly to a polling place.
- Absentee ballots delivered by mail must be received by the New Brighton City Clerk at New Brighton City Hall by the last regular mail delivery on Election Day.
- Absentee ballots hand delivered by an agent of the voter (a commercial delivery service or any individual other than the voter) must be received by the City Clerk at New Brighton City Hall by 3:00pm on Election Day.
- A new law effective in 2016 also permits absentee ballots to be delivered by a commercial delivery service (UPS, FedEx etc) to Ramsey County Elections located at 90 Plato Blvd #160; St. Paul MN 55107 before 8:00pm on Election Day. If you are returning your absentee ballot to Ramsey County via professional delivery service on Election Day, please call Ramsey County Elections at 651.266.2171 to let them know to watch for it.
Wondering if you’re registered to vote? Find out here.
If you don’t find your voter registration or if your information is incorrect, you can update your registration at the same time you cast an absentee ballot!
When you come to cast an absentee ballot in person, allow an extra 5 minutes or so and be sure to bring allowable proof of residency in the precinct with you. The MN Secretary of State’s website lists documents that Election officials can accept as proof of residency in the precinct.
If you need help voting, you have lots of options! You can bring someone with you, ask an election judge for help, use a machine to mark your ballot or even vote from your car.
Bringing Someone with You
You are welcome to bring a relative, friend or neighbor with you to help you as long as that person is not your employer, your union representative and is not on the ballot. The person you bring with you can help you in all parts of the voting process, including in the voting booth; however, helpers can only physically mark ballots for up to three voters in an election. In addition, they are not allowed to make choices for you, share how you vote with others or try to influence you to vote a certain way. If you have someone help you mark your ballot, you are welcome to show your ballot privately to an election judge to check that it is correctly marked.
Help from Election Judges
You may also ask election judges for assistance. Election officials are happy to assist with:
- Reading or marking a ballot
- Obtaining a magnifying device or chair to use in the voting booth
- Voting at the curb in your vehicle
- Using an ADA compliant voter assistant terminal to mark your ballot
Please be aware that for integrity purposes, that two election staff members or election judges of opposing parties are required when assistance with ballot marking is needed.
Voting Machines for People Who Want Assistance
The Absentee Voting room at the New Brighton Community Center and the polls on Election Day are equipped with ballot marking devices that can mark a ballot for you. It gives you privacy if you cannot or choose not to vote using a pen. These ballot marking devices can help you”
- View the ballot on a screen that can enlarge the font or display the ballot with a high-contrast background
- Listen to an audio version of the ballot through headphones
- Fill out your ballot using a Braille keypad, a touch screen, a key pad or personal sip and puff port. After you make your choices, the device prints your completed ballot so you can place it into the ballot counter. Note: this device marks but does not count ballots.
Voting From Your Car
If you cannot easily leave your vehicle to enter a polling place, you can ask to have a ballot brought out to you. This is known as “Curbside Voting.”
Two election judges from different major political parties will bring a ballot out to your vehicle. If you need to register or update your registration, they will bring you an application as well. When you are finished voting, the election judges will bring your ballot inside for you and put it into the ballot box.
Voting When You Fear For Your Safety
Please visit Safe At Home: An Address Confidentiality if you are in a situation where you wish to vote but fear for your safety if your address were to be disclosed in voter records.
Time off to Vote
In a state or federal election, every employee has the right to be excused from work to vote on Election Day without penalty or loss of salary or wages as per Minnesota Statute 204C.04.
Assistance for Voters with Unique Circumstances
Here are some unique situations you might fall into:
- Voters who are away at College
- Voters in the Military or Living Abroad
- Voters with a Criminal Record
- Voters under Guardianship
- Voters with an Impairment
- Voters in a Nursing Home or Hospital
- Voters Who Fear for Their Personal Safety
- Voters residing in a Residential Facility
- Voters Who are Moving on or close to Election Day
- Voters temporarily Living in Minnesota
- Voters Experiencing Homelessness
- Voters Whose Home is in Foreclosure
- Voters Whose Home Was Destroyed by Fire, Flood or Other Disaster
In the 46 days prior to Election Day, voters may cast an absentee ballot in person or they may complete the absentee process by mail. In Minnesota, all citizens are allowed to vote using an absentee ballot for any reason and all absentee ballots that have been received by Election Day and accepted* by the Absentee Ballot Board are counted. You can also track the status of your ballot and verify it has been counted!
*Note: To be accepted by the Absentee Ballot Board:
- The voter’s name and address on the envelope must match the absentee ballot application.
- The voter must have signed the envelope.
- The voter must have provided the same identification numbers on the envelope and the application or the signature on envelope must match the signature on the application.
- The voter must be be registered and eligible to vote in the precinct or have included a properly complete and signed Voter Registration Application with proof of residence marked on the envelope.
- A witness must have signed the statement on the envelope and provided a MN residential address, a title indicating they are eligible to administer oaths or affixed a notary stamp.
- The voter must not have already voted in the election.
- If the absentee ballot was delivered by an agent, it must be sealed and cannot appear to have been tampered with.
- It must have been received on time. (Before 3:00 pm on Election Day at City Hall if on Election Day and by 8:00 pm on Election Day at Ramsey County offices if delivered by USPS or a parcel service.)
No. Not unless they qualify for Agent Delivery.
Delivery of Ballots by Others
The following voters may authorize an agent to pick up and return their absentee ballot in the seven (7) days immediately preceding Election Day.
- Patients in hospitals, residential treatment facilities and nursing homes
- Residents of group homes
- Residents of battered women’s shelters
- Residents of assisted living facilities
- Voters who are disabled
- Voters who would have difficulty getting to the polls due to incapacitating health reasons
In order to have an agent deliver your ballot, you must complete and return the Request for Agent Delivery of Absentee Ballot form and the Absentee Ballot Application. 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 2:00pm on Election Day. Completed ballots must be returned to the City Clerk by 3:00pm on Election Day.