Absentee Voting

This year’s state general election is Tuesday, November 4, and absentee ballots will be available starting September 19.

Under a new state law, voters no longer have to state a specified reason in order to receive and cast an absentee ballot.

Voters should note the absentee ballot process requires additional steps different from the Election Day voting process. All absentee voters must complete both an application to receive a ballot and a certificate when casting the absentee ballot. Election judges compare the information on the two documents before accepting the ballot. Absentee voting may be done in person or by mail.

In person

Beginning September 19, Minnetonka voters may vote absentee at Minnetonka City Hall or at the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis during regular business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Because of an expected heavy volume of absentee voting due to a state law change, extended absentee voting hours will also be available at both locations.

Minnetonka City Hall

  • Saturday, October 25: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 28: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 29: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 30: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 1: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, November 3: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hennepin County Government Center

  • Saturday, October 25: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • October 27–October 31 (Monday–Friday): 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 1: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, November 3: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Please keep in mind that because of the change in law allowing anyone to absentee vote, lines for in-person absentee voting may be as long as the line at your Election Day polling place.

By mail

Absentee voting may also be done by mail. The voted ballot must be received at city hall by Election Day for the vote to count. Please allow sufficient time for postal service delivery.

Complete an application to vote absentee

The first step to vote absentee by mail is to complete an application. You can download an application, or to request an application you can call city hall at 952.939.8200 or fax a request to 952.939.8244.

Please note that there are instructions for filling out the application on the back side of the application. It is very important that you follow these instructions.

You may now also apply for an abseentee ballot online through the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.

 

Return an application to vote absentee

Return your completed application to:

City of Minnetonka
Attn: Elections
14600 Minnetonka Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55345

You can also fax your completed application to: 952.939.8244

Complete and return an absentee ballot

Upon receipt of an absentee voting application, a ballot with instructions will be mailed. Allow extra time for mail delivery. Ballots received after Election Day cannot be counted.

Absentee ballot status

The Minnesota Secretary of State’s website now allows you to verify the status of your absentee ballot. To check the status go to the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Absentee Ballot Status page.

Questions?

Call 952.939.8200.