Want to avoid your polling place this year due to expected long lines and COVID-19 restrictions, you should apply for an absentee ballot. The process is safe, secure and has been used across Minnesota for decades. Applications can be made at the Nicollet County Government Center where you can apply and immediately receive your ballot. Can’t get to the Government Center? It’s just as easy to apply online at the Secretary of State’s website at https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/ABRegistration/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx.
Online applicants will receive their ballot in the mail and you won’t even have to leave your house to vote.
You can vote by absentee ballot if you would like to vote early or are unable to vote in person. The easiest way to vote by absentee ballot is to do so in person before the election. Absentee ballots are available from the Nicollet Property Services Manager/County Auditor’s office at the Courthouse (501 South Minnesota Avenue - second floor). Ballots are usually available 46 days prior to Election Day.
Obtain a Ballot
To obtain an absentee ballot, you must first complete an Absentee Ballot Application and return it to the County Property Services Manager. If you are presenting the application in person and ballots are available, you may complete your absentee ballot at that time. If the application was submitted by mail, or ballots are not available, your ballot will be sent to you by mail as soon as ballots are available. The mailed ballot will contain a postage paid return envelope for return of your voted ballot.
The Secretary of State’s office has also set up a special website to help military and overseas voters vote by absentee ballot.