How to vote early by mail in 4 steps
Request an absentee ballot
A good first step to voting by mail is to check your voter registration status and confirm it has the most up to date information.
In Minnesota, all registered voters will automatically be mailed an application starting in late September, unless they have already cast their vote.
Return your ballot
Your ballot can be returned at a dropbox, in person or by mail by you or a third party, with some restrictions. Prepaid return postage for ballots is guaranteed in Minnesota.
To be counted, your ballot must be received by Nov. 3. Check with local officials for specific times. The U.S. Postal Service recommends voters mail their ballot at least one week prior to the state deadline, by Oct. 27.
Fill out your ballot
Mailed ballots need more than your vote. Most require at least one signature and can’t have any stray marks. They must be sent back in the envelope provided. Here’s a more detailed guide on how to make sure your ballot is counted. Be sure to follow the instructions that accompanied your ballot and contact your local election officials with any questions.
Your ballot is verified and counted
From identifying information and tracking bar codes on your ballot to signatures, a lot has gone into making sure your vote is accurate and will count by the time your ballot is returned.
For certain problems with your ballot, election officials are required to contact you and offer you a chance to “cure” it so it can be counted.