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Color the Vote Early – Beginning September 23rd Here is How You Can Vote Early

 Brett Buckner, Bruce P Corrie,


Our exit polls on Election Day showed around 20 percent of ALANA voters vote early and most in person so this is an important strategy for the ALANA voter.

Minnesota has made it so easy to vote early. Here is how it can be done. This information is from the Secretary of State website.

If you do vote early or helped someone to vote early please let us know on our Facebook Page

Three sections of this brief contain the following:

How to Vote Early in Person

How to Vote Early via Absentee Ballot

Materials for a Get-Out-The Vote Campaign

FAQs from the Secretary of State Office

Voting Early in Person


  1. You Need Proof of residence 
  1. Location:
    1. County Election Office – find the address here:
    2. Some Cities and Towns have special locations – find the address here:
  2. Dates: 
    1. First Date to Vote Early in Person – September 23, 2016
    2. Last Date to Vote Early in Person – November 7, 2016
  3. When can an agent deliver your ballot for you? These are special conditions

To qualify for agent delivery, you must live in a:

  • nursing home
  • assisted living facility
  • residential treatment center
  • group home
  • battered women’s shelter
  • or, be hospitalized or unable to go to the polling place due to incapacitating health reasons or a disability.

Your agent must be at least 18 years old, have a pre-existing relationship with you and cannot be a candidate. An individual cannot be an agent of more than three voters in an election. Give your agent a completed absentee ballot application and a request for agent delivery of absentee ballot form. Have your agent take both forms to the local election office to receive your ballot.

  1. Sample Ballot – here is where you can find out what your sample ballot looks like for your area:


Voting Early by Mail via Absentee Ballot


Here are the steps to Vote Early by Mail via an absentee ballot

  1. Apply online for an absentee ballot to be sent to your address. You will need the following documents.
    1. Be eligible to vote in Minnesota if you meet the following conditions:
      1. Be at least 18 years old on Election Day
      2. Be a citizen of the United States
  • Have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
  1. Have any felony conviction record discharged, expired or completed
  2. Not be under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights
  3. Not have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law
    1. Provide an email address
    2. Provide your identification number: MN-issued driver’s license, Minnesota ID card or last 4 digits of Social Security Number
    3. If you do not have an email address and one of the identification numbers above, you cannot apply for your absentee ballot online.You may apply with a paper absentee ballot application.

      Here is the link to the application form in multiple languages


  1. English
  2. Español (Spanish)
  3. Hmoob(Hmong)
  4. Soomaali (Somali)
  5. Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  6. Pусский (Russian)
  7. 中文 (Chinese)
  8. ພາສາລາວ (Lao)
  9. Oromo (Oromo)
  10. ខ្មែរ (Khmer)
  11. አማርኛ  (Amharic)
  12. S’gaw Karen
    1. Application Deadline – to be received by Election Day, so plan accordingly so that the mail arrives on time. Ballot will not be counted if it reaches after Election Day.
    2. Track your ballot at this link:
    3. Sample Ballot – here is what a sample ballot looks like for your area:



Materials for your Get-Out the Vote Campaign


Materials ready to use, videos and social media materials are available here:

  • Basic how-to-vote factsheets in multiple languages:












Information for College Students how to vote


Frequently asked questions     (From Secretary of State Website)


Will my absentee ballot count?

Your absentee ballot will count as long as you return your ballot on time and fill out the forms correctly.


Who can witness my ballot?

You will need a witness when you vote and complete your ballot. The witness can be either a registered Minnesota voter or a notary. Your witness must sign the signature envelope and list their address. Notaries should write their name and title, sign the signature envelope, and affix their notary stamp.


What happens after I return my ballot?

Local election officials must check that you and your witness filled out the signature envelope correctly. If you did not fill out the signature envelope correctly, election officials will mail you replacement materials, including an explanation for why your signature envelope was rejected. Or, if there are fewer than five days before Election Day, election officials will try to contact you. In this case, you can vote in person at your local election office or at your polling place on Election Day.


What if I make a mistake on my ballot?

You can ask the election office that sent your ballot for a replacement ballot. If it there is not enough time to get a new ballot, completely cross out the name of the candidate you accidentally marked. Then mark the candidate you prefer. Do not initial your corrections.


What if my ballot has not arrived, is lost or damaged?

Contact your county election office. You can get receive a replacement ballot in person or by mail. The election official will cancel your original ballot. Do not return your original ballot, even if you eventually find or receive it. Only return your replacement ballot.


What if I returned my ballot and want to change my vote? 

You can ask to cancel your ballot until the close of business one week before Election Day. After that time, you cannot cancel your ballot. To cancel your ballot, contact the election office that sent your ballot. Your options are to have a new ballot mailed; vote in person at your local election office; or vote at your polling place on Election Day.


Can I have applications sent automatically?

You can have paper applications sent to you before each election. Send this form to your county election office to have an absentee ballot application automatically mailed to you before each election. Applications are mailed at least 60 days before an election.