Absentee Voting & Voter Information
- Important 2016 Dates
- June 24 - Absentee Ballots Available for State Primary Election
- August 6 - Extended Absentee Voting Hours for Primary Election (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
- August 8 - Extended Absentee Voting Hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
- August 9 - State Primary Election Voting Hours (7 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
- September 23 - Absentee Ballots Available for State General Election
- November 5 - Extended Absentee Voting Hours (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
- November 7 - Extended Absentee Voting Hours (8 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
- November 8 - State General Election (voting hours 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State website has various voting information. You can register to vote online or check your registration status. You can find your polling place and check voting hours. You can apply to vote Absentee (see below). You can view your ballot or see who has filed for office.
Absentee Voting requirements include having an Absentee Voting Application be completed. You can print this form and mail it in, you can bring it in person, or you can submit the information online here. You can vote early in person from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. starting on September 23. In person absentee voting ends at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 7. Additionally, absentee voting is open the Saturday before the election. Absentee locations are open from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2016. If you vote by mail, your ballot must be received and accepted on Election Day. The following cities also administer Absentee Voting: Albertville, Buffalo, Delano, Hanover, Monticello and St. Michael. If you live within city limits, you can vote in person at:
- Albertville, 5959 Main Ave NE, Albertville, MN 55301
- Buffalo, 212 Central Ave, Buffalo, MN 55313
- Delano, 234 2nd St N, Delano, MN 55328
- Hanover, 11250 5th St NE, Hanover, MN 55341
- Monticello, 505 Walnut St, Ste 1, Monticello, MN 55362
- St. Michael, 11880 Town Center Dr NE, Ste 300, St. Michael, MN 55376
Three precincts have adopted mail balloting procedures: Buffalo P4, Dayton P2 and South Haven. This means that the Wright County is administering the mail balloting process and is the polling location for these precincts. Ballots for the 2016 General Election are mailed to every registered voter in these precincts by September 23. We will do a subsequent mailing by October 25 for any new registered voters living in those precincts. Here is additional information regarding mail balloting.
Agent Pick-up and Return
During the seven days before an election and up until 2:00 p.m. on Election Day, a voter meeting the criteria below may designate someone to serve as an agent and pick up and return an absentee ballot on their behalf (M.S. 203B.11, subd.4)
Qualifications and Conditions
To qualify, a voter must have difficulty getting to the polls for one of these reasons:
- Incapacitating health reasons
- Is a patient in a HCF (Health Care Facility)
- Is in a residential program
- Is in a battered women's shelter
To serve as an absent voter's agent, an individual must meet certain conditions. An agent must:
- Be at least 18 years old;
- Have a preexisting relationship with the voter; and
- Not be a candidate at the election.
The voter may be in a home or facility anywhere the agent is willing to travel. An agent may pick up and return for no more than three absent voters per election (M.S. 203B.11, subd.4).
Application Process and Issuing the Ballot
The voter must authorize the agent in writing. A special request form can be combined and submitted with the application for the absentee ballot. To cut down on back and forth trips, absentee voting administrators may email or fax the Absentee Ballot Application and the agent delivery request form to the voter, and the voter may return it by the same means.
Upon receipt of the Absentee Ballot Application and agent delivery request form, the ballot and accompanying materials must be prepared. There is a specific agent delivery signature envelope that must be used. The ballot and materials will be sealed in a transmittal envelope and issued to the agent.
Upon the return of the agent with the voted ballot, the agent will complete the Agent Return Record (log) (M.S. 203B.11, subd.4).
The voter will need to complete and sign both the Absentee Ballot Application and the Agent Delivery Request forms. Those would be brought to us and we will issue the ballot. Then the completed ballot will be returned to us as well. Ballots must be returned by 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8 (Election Day).