Absentee voting for general election ends Nov. 5

Absentee voting allows individuals who will be away from their polling place on Election Day may vote by absentee ballot in person or by mail. Absentee voting for the Nov. 6 general election ends at 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5.

Absentee voting - in person

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

Minneapolis is offering extended absentee voting hours on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Minneapolis and all other communities in Minnesota are offering 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.

Special responsibilities for employees during absentee voting

Because City Hall is a polling place during absentee voting, there are campaigning restrictions on employees and individuals who work in or visit City Hall. Individuals may not wear T-shirts, buttons or other clothing that displays political messages where voting is occurring. This also means no campaign materials or signs can be posted in or within 100 feet of City Hall. State law also prohibits people from asking, soliciting or trying to persuade a voter about how to vote when inside a polling place.

Employees are also asked to be respectful of conversations and behavior that could be perceived as political in nature to ensure a neutral environment for absentee voters.

Absentee voting - by mail

Voters can also complete the entire process by mail. Please allow 7 to 10 days to complete the entire process through the 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. Absentee ballots can also be hand-delivered by an agent of the voter (a commercial delivery service or any individual other than the voter), but they must be received by the city or county election office by 3 p.m. 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.

Published Oct 24, 2012