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Online tool for absentee voting
Voters no longer need an excuse to vote absentee, such as being ill or out of their precinct on Election Day. As a result, more voters can vote early by absentee to avoid long lines and waits at the polling place. Eligible voters may learn more about the absentee ballot process at www.mnvotes.org.
Voters can now request an absentee ballot online at www.mnvotes.org through a new tool launched by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. The service allows voters to apply for an absentee ballot quickly and easily without the need to print, scan forms, and return by mail, fax or email.
Voters may request an absentee ballot for both the August 12 Primary Election and November 4 General Election. Voters are strongly encouraged to use this new tool because it saves election officials’ time and reduces errors by eliminating the task of manually entering voter data and interpreting handwriting.
Upon requesting an absentee ballot, voters may use the “Absentee Ballot Lookup” tool at www.mnvotes.org to find the status of their ballot, such as when it was mailed, and if their completed ballot was received and accepted by the elections office. Voters may continue to request absentee ballots by mail, and vote absentee in person at City Hall.
Voters requesting an absentee ballot online complete the online application at www.mnvotes.org. Their information is verified against data from the state’s Driver and Vehicle Services or Social Security Administration. Local election officials review the application, and if approved, send the voter their absentee ballot so they may vote early.