Our Recommendation – Stay Home and Vote by Mail
To minimize direct contact with others due to COVID-19, all Minnesota voters are encouraged to vote early by mail (absentee) for the 2020 Elections. It’s easy to vote by mail, just as long as you plan ahead a bit.
Elections in 2020 include the Aug. 11 State Primary and the Nov. 3 General Election. Below are options for early voting.
Voting early by mail will help minimize direct contact with others during the COVID-19 pandemic. Apply now to receive your absentee ballot.
Apply Online to Receive a Ballot in the Mail
To vote by mail, you must apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to you. Complete the online absentee ballot application for one or both of the 2020 elections – the August 11 State Primary and the November 3 General Election. When ballots are available (46 days prior to each election), the ballots will be mailed to you with a postage-paid envelope for return.
View step-by-step instructions for applying online for an absentee ballot (PDF).
Application Deadline: We recommend you apply for a ballot at least 10 days before Election Day. This gives you the best chance to get your ballot in the mail and still have time to mail it back or drop it off. You can apply after this date, but each day increases the chances you will not be able to receive and return your ballot by Election Day.
Apply by Mail, Email or Facsimile
Complete the absentee ballot application (PDF) and return it by email, mail, or in-person to:
Hennepin County Elections
300 S 6th Street, MC 012
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0012
Submitting Your Ballot
Your mailed ballot must be postmarked by Election Day. For your ballot to count, we must physically have it in hand by 3 p.m. on Election Day – or it must be postmarked by Election Day and arrive at Hennepin County Elections within two days of Election Day.
Drop-and-go at Plymouth City Hall by 3 p.m. on Election Day. If you’re concerned that your ballot won’t be received in time, you may “drop and go” your ballot (yourself or someone on your behalf) at Plymouth City Offices, 3400 Plymouth Boulevard, Plymouth, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday until 3 p.m. on Election Day.
Track your Ballot. You can track the status of your ballot and confirm that it was received and counted.
Vote in-person by direct ballot Tuesday, Aug. 4 through Monday, Aug. 10 at Plymouth City Hall, 3400 Plymouth Blvd. A direct ballot is when the voter feeds through ballot through the tabulator just like on Election Day.
In-Person Early Voting Hours
Normal office hours for in-person voting are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition, extended hours are available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10.
Note: Voters are strongly encouraged to wear masks when voting in-person.
Military and/or Overseas Voters
Absentee voting procedures are available for members of the military service (including spouses and dependents) and voters residing outside the United States. Voters are advised to allow plenty of time for this process.
Contact the Hennepin County Elections Office at 612-348-5151 for further information on this process. Also see the Minnesota Secretary of State's Military and Overseas Absentee Voting information.
Delivery of Absentee Ballots by Others
The following voters may authorize an agent to pick up and return their absentee ballots for them (only during the seven days prior to an election):
- Patients in hospitals, residential treatment centers 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 because of incapacitating health reasons
If you are currently living in a residential facility but not sure if it meets the qualifications listed above, please ask the administrator of your facility.
In order to have an agent deliver your ballot, you must complete the Request for Agent Delivery of Absentee Ballot Form (PDF) and the Absentee Ballot Application.
You must have a preexisting relationship with your agent. The agent will use the completed forms to pick up a ballot, bring the ballot to you, and return your completed ballot to the county auditor or city clerk. Each agent is only allowed to deliver and return ballots for a maximum of three voters. This activity may only occur the seven days preceding an election. Ballots can be picked up until 2 p.m. on Election Day, and completed ballots must be returned by 3 p.m. on Election Day.
Plymouth City Hall | 3400 Plymouth Blvd. | Plymouth, MN 55447-1482