In Minnesota eligible voters do not have to wait until Election Day to vote. Voters may vote early with an Absentee Ballot.
Vote by Mail
One way to vote early is by receiving a ballot in the mail. You may request an Absentee Ballot from the Minnesota Secretary of State online, or print an Absentee Ballot Application, your ballot will be mailed to your home. Included with your ballot is a pre-paid return envelope, which goes directly to the Anoka County Elections Office for counting.
Vote Early In Person
Anyone who wishes to vote may do so by Absentee Ballot beginning 46 days before Election Day at the Fridley Civic Campus. After submitting an Absentee Ballot Application, you will be given a ballot and able to cast it in person that day.
When absentee voting at the Fridley Civic Campus, no campaigning is allowed in the building or within 100 feet of the building. This includes campaign buttons, signs or clothing. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Early voting for the August Primary begins at the Fridley Civic Campus starting June 26, 2020, during regular hours:
- Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
During the extended hours listed:
- Saturday prior to Election Day: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Monday prior to Election Day: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All absentee voters must submit an Absentee Ballot Application, regardless of registration status. If a voter is not registered, or their registration has expired, they are required to re-register by filling out the Election Day Registration form.
Can I vote by Absentee Ballot if I’m not a registered voter?
If you are not a registered voter, that is not a problem. When you apply for an Absentee Ballot you will be provided with a Voter Registration Application..
How do I return my Absentee Ballot?
Once you receive your ballot, read and follow the instructions carefully. Voters are required to have a notary or a registered Minnesota voter sign their envelope as a witness. The notary can be from any state. Return your ballot by Election Day to the address on the return envelope. You have three options:
- Send your ballot so it arrives by Election Day using U.S. mail or a package delivery service
- Deliver it in person by 3 p.m. on Election Day
- Ask someone to deliver your ballot for you by 3 p.m. on Election Day. This person cannot deliver more than three ballots.
Can I return my Absentee Ballot to a polling place on Election Day?
No. Absentee Ballots may NOT be delivered to your polling location on Election Day.
Can I place my Absentee Ballot directly into a ballot counter at City Hall?
All eligible voters who vote at the Civic Campus less than 14 days prior to Election Day, may place their ballots directly into a ballot counter. This time period is called Direct Balloting. Votes will be counted immediately, but results will not be reported until the polls close on Election Day.
Please note, high turnout is expected at the Civic Campus during Direct Balloting. We will do our best to get voters through the line as quickly and efficiently as possible. Thank you in advance for your patience.
Absentee Ballots for Military and Overseas Voters
Persons living abroad or who are in the military can go to the Secretary of State’s website to obtain more Absentee Ballot information.