Voting FAQs

Q: How do I get a ballot if I want to vote by mail from home? 

A: If you are eligible to register and vote, you can apply for an absentee ballot on the Secretary of State's website.  You will need a valid email address and either a MN-issued driver's license number, a state ID card or the last four digits of your SSN. The recommended deadline for applying for a mail ballot is October 25. 


Q: When is the deadline for early registration?

A: Tuesday, October 18,  5pm if registering by paper, 11:59pm if registering online. If you miss the deadline, you can still register to vote in person on election day, November 8. 


Q: Can I print out the paper application for an absentee ballot and mail it in? 

A: Yes!!! Be sure to mail it to your local election office. 


Q: Where can I get information on my local election office? 

A: Hennepin County information is here. Or here: 

Election official: Ginny Gelms
General phone: 612-348-5151
Fax: 612-348-2151
Email: [email protected]


Hennepin County Gov't Center
300 South 6th St MC 012
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0012


Hennepin County Elections
Phone: 612-348-5151
Fax: 612-348-2151
Email: [email protected]


Q: I've received my ballot in the mail. Now what do I do? 

A: You can vote! But if you are voting by mail, you need to be sure to do the following:

  • You'll need either a registered MN voter or a notary to act as a witness as you fill in your ballot and vote. 
  • The witness must sign a signature envelope that is included with our ballot and list the address of the witness. 
  • If using a notary, they must write down their name, title, and sign the signature envelope. 


Q: How long do I have to mail in my absentee ballot? 

A: You can mail in your ballot any time before the primary election, but it must be received by the primary election day, on November 8, 2022. Your ballot will not be counted if not received by November 8, 2022. Be sure to give a few extra days to ensure your ballot arrives in time. 


Q: Can I drop my ballot off in person? 

A: Yes! You have up until 3pm on election day, November 8, 2022, and your ballot must be returned to the office that sent it to you, not your polling place. 


Q: I want to vote early in person. Where can I go to do that? 

A: There are two locations for Minneapolis residents to vote in person:  

Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services

980 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis 55414



Monday – Friday, September 23 – October 21

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Monday, October 10

CLOSED (Indigenous People’s Day)

Monday – Friday, October 24 – November 4

7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturdays, October 29 & November 5

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Sundays, October 30 & November 6

Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 7

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 8

CLOSED for voting - vote at your polling place

Hennepin County Government Center

300 6th St. S. 

Minneapolis, MN 55487



Monday – Friday, September 23 – October 28

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 29

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Monday – Friday, October 31 – November 4

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 5

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, November 7

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 8

CLOSED for voting - vote at your polling place

Additional Minneapolis Early Vote Centers: Open November 1-November 7

North Early Vote Center

Urban League Twin Cities

2100 Plymouth Ave N

Minneapolis, MN 55411


Lake Street Early Vote Center

South Minneapolis Service Center

2215 E Lake St

Minneapolis, MN 55407


South Early Vote Center

Bethel Lutheran Church

4120 17th Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55407


Q: Do I need to register to vote early in person? 

A: Yes, if you are not already registered to vote. You can register in person at your early voting location. Bring proof of residence with you. 


Q: Where can I find more information on early voting and the primary in Minneapolis? 


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