Authored on July 28, 2020


Vote early, in-person or by mail to stay safe!

We encourage all Minnesota voters to participate in the upcoming Minnesota primary elections. When you vote, you are helping to strengthen our democracy! Due to COVID-19, we urge you to vote early in-person or by mail to keep yourself, your families and communities safe. 

2020 Primary Dates:

Register to Vote: Make sure you are registered to vote but remember that you can always register on election day

How to vote:

Vote Early: You can vote early by mail or in person, and you can track your ballot online!

  • Vote early by mail: To vote by mail, you can apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to you. 
    • Read the instructions that come with your ballot carefully.
    • Due to COVID-19, there is no witness requirement for registered voters for the August 11, 2020 State Primary. Non-registered voters will still need a witness, to indicate their proof of residence.
    • Mail the ballot and forms back right away after you finish. Your returned ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day (August 11, 2020) and received by your county the day before the county canvass, which may take place on the second or third day following the election.
  • Vote early in person: You can vote early with an absentee ballot at your local elections office. 
  • Voting while serving in the military or living overseas: Military members serving outside their home precinct, their spouses and dependents, and citizens living abroad temporarily or indefinitely can apply to receive a ballot for any elections you can vote in through the end of the year. Your ballot application also serves as a voter registration application.

Vote in Person on Primary Day: Due to COVID-19, we recommend that you vote early with the methods listed above. However, you can still vote in person on August 11th.

  • Find your Primary Day voting location here. Note that some polling locations may have changed due to COVID-19 and the need for physical distance.
  • Voting hours are from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.

If you are not registered, you can always register on election day.