Minnesotans can now begin voting early for the Nov. 6 general election, giving them 46 days to vote — the longest early voting period in the nation. 

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon announced that the start of voting began today, Sept. 21.

The Minnesota primary election saw near-record voter participation, with 925,554 Minnesotans casting ballots, the most since at least 1950. 

“We saw record numbers of early voting and total voter participation during the primary," Simon said in a press release. "It’s clear to me that Minnesotans of all political leanings are fired up to vote in 2018 and keep Minnesota No. 1 in the nation in voter participation.”

Minnesota has had the nation's top voter turnout for nine elections straight. In 2014, Minnesota dropped to No. 6, but in 2016, Minnesotans returned to the top of the heap. 

How to request an absentee ballot

Minnesota voters can request an absentee ballot quickly and easily at mnvotes.org using the online application.

Voters can also request an absentee ballot by downloading the “2018 Minnesota Absentee Ballot Application” and returning it to their county election office by email, mail, or fax. Absentee ballot application forms are available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, Lao, Oromo, Khmer, and Amharic.

Voters can request an absentee ballot even if they are not registered to vote — a voter registration application will be provided with their ballot.

Deadlines 

Voting absentee by mail: Minnesotans voting absentee by mail must make sure their ballot is returned on or before the Nov. 6 election. Ballots returned after Nov. 6 will not be counted.

Voting absentee in-person: The last day to vote absentee in-person is Monday, Nov. 5.

Military and overseas voters

Minnesotans serving in the military or living abroad — temporarily or indefinitely — can have an absentee ballot sent to them anywhere in the world. Learn more by clicking here.

What's on my ballot? 

Minnesotans can use “My Ballot” to view their sample ballot and find links to candidates’ websites.

Track your ballot

Beginning Sept. 21, upon requesting an absentee ballot, voters may check the status of their ballot, such as when it was mailed, and if their completed ballot was received and accepted by their local elections office.

The vote-from-home and early voting period for all federal, state, judicial, and county offices runs from Sept. 21 through Nov. 5. In-person Election Day voting will take place throughout Minnesota on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Anyone can go to mnvotes.org to check their eligibility, register to vote, or to locate their county or city election office.

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