Early Vote Center hours extended

October 18, 2021

With the municipal election just two weeks away, the Early Vote Center is extending its hours. Anyone who can vote in Minneapolis on Election Day can vote early at the Early Vote Center, 980 Hennepin Ave. E.

From now until the Nov. 2 election, the Early Vote Center is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 12 to 5 p.m. Sundays. The center’s last day of service is Monday, Nov. 1, which is the day before Election Day, and hours that day are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Request mail-in ballot by tomorrow

It’s strongly recommended that anyone planning to vote early by mail request their absentee ballot by tomorrow, Oct. 19. That will provide enough time to receive the ballot and get it back in the mail before Election Day, Nov. 2. All mail-in ballots must be received by 3 p.m. Election Day in order to be counted. Voters can also bring in their absentee ballots to the Early Vote Center prior to Election Day.

Visit vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/vote-by-mail for an absentee ballot application that can be printed out and mailed, faxed or emailed in to request a ballot. Also online is a link to the Secretary of State’s absentee ballot lookup tool to follow the status of an absentee ballot that has been submitted. You can also watch this video on voting by mail for more information.

A new video shows you how easy it is to vote early. Follow typical Minneapolis voters Chad and Maya as they cast early ballots.

Return your mail ballot

Thousands of Minneapolis voters have received a mail-in ballot but have not yet returned it. While there is still time to mail back your ballot – we recommend putting your ballot in the mail by Tuesday, Oct. 26 – voters may also return it in person at Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services, 980 E Hennepin Ave. Each voter may drop-off their own ballot and up to three additional ballots. Ballot drop-off is available during regular office hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.), but is expanding hours beginning Saturday, Oct. 23. Find more details on returning your ballot and complete ballot drop-off hours online.

Sample ballots available now

You can see exactly what the ballot in your precinct will look like. Just go to vote.minneapolismn.gov/voters/ballot and a link there will take you to a Minnesota Secretary of State webpage where you can get your sample ballot. It’s a great way to make sure you’re prepared for the voting booth, and you can bring it with you to the polls as a reference.

This election uses ranked-choice voting

Minneapolis voters will use ranked-choice voting this fall to elect a mayor and members of the City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and Park and Recreation Board. Ranked-choice voting is a way of voting that eliminates the need for separate primary elections. Voters rank up to three candidates for each office. The ballot has three columns, and choices are made from left to right in those columns. Ranked-choice voting is used only for municipal elections in Minneapolis. 

More information on ranked-choice voting is available at vote.minneapolismn.gov/rcv.

Get elections info at vote.minneapolismn.gov

The City has an elections-focused website: vote.minneapolismn.gov. This website is a central place to go for accurate, timely information about this year’s election and ranked-choice voting. The fresh, intuitive design is focused on the user, with content on the site arranged according to specific audiences including voters, candidates, volunteers and students.