Absentee voting for general election begins Sept. 21

Absentee voting for the general election begins Friday, Sept. 21. Voters who will be away from their polling place on Election Day may vote by absentee ballot in person or by mail.

Absentee voting - in person

Minneapolis voters may cast an absentee ballot in person in room 1B in Minneapolis City Hall, 350 South 5th Street, on weekdays from Sept. 21 through Nov. 2 between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Minneapolis will offer extended absentee voting hours on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Minneapolis and all other communities in Minnesota will offer extended absentee voting hours on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Extended absentee voting hours will also be offered on Monday, Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Absentee voting - by mail

Voters can also complete the entire process by mail. Minneapolis absentee ballot applications are available on the Minneapolis Elections Website.

If you live in another community, contact your local City Hall for more information.

If you plan to return your ballot by mail, make sure you allow enough time to ensure your ballot is received by your city or county election office by the last regular mail delivery on Nov. 5. (You cannot deliver your own absentee ballot to election officials on Election Day.)

On-line tool – absentee ballot lookup

The Absentee Ballot Lookup is an easy and convenient way for voters to check on the status of their absentee ballot. To use the secure service, voters must provide the following information: first and last name (name must match voter’s name entered on the absentee ballot application or voter registration), full date of birth, and the same identification number the voter used on the absentee ballot application. The absentee ballot lookup tool informs absentee voters about the current status of their ballots.

What’s on the ballot

Minnesota voters will decide who is elected to a number of offices, including U.S. president and vice-president, U.S. senator, U.S. representative as well as state senators and state representatives, and county, school and judicial offices.

Voters will also decide the fate of two proposals to amend the Minnesota constitution.  

Special responsibilities for City employees

Employees who work in or routinely visit City Hall are reminded that working in a polling place carries special responsibilities. Because State law prohibits campaigning within 100 feet of a polling place when voting is underway, employees should not wear T-shirts, buttons or other clothing that displays political messages where voting is occurring.

Published Sep 12, 2012