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In Person or Mail (Domestic) Absentee Voter Information


Absentee Ballot Applications

Beginning on January 1st, 2014, voters no longer need to state a reason for voting prior to Election Day.  You can vote either in person or through the mail.  If you wish to vote by mail, you can apply at any time! 

Absentee voting will begin as follows:

  • State General Election - September 19, 2014

How do I vote early in person? 

Any Ramsey County voter can visit our office at 90 Plato Blvd W. in Saint Paul to vote in person!  We offer plenty of free parking.  Some cities in Ramsey County will also offer early in-person voting.  See the list below for dates, times, and locations.

Ramsey County Elections Office - Plato Building (90 Plato Blvd W, St Paul, 55107)
• 9/19-10/24 (business days) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• 10/25 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
• 10/27-10/30 (Monday-Thursday) 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
• 10/31 (Friday) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• 11/1 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
• 11/2 (Sunday) 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
• 11/3 (Monday) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

City Hall Early Voting Hours (for voters in that city only)

Arden Hills City Hall (1245 Highway 96 W, Arden Hills, MN 55112)
• 10/27-10/31 (Monday-Friday) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• 11/1 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
• 11/3 (Monday) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Lauderdale City Hall (1891 Walnut St, Lauderdale, MN 55113)
• 9/19-10/31 (business days) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• 11/1 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
• 11/3 (Monday) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Little Canada City Hall (515 Little Canada Rd, Little Canada, MN 55117)
• 9/19-10/31 (business days) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• 11/1 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
• 11/3 (Monday) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Maplewood City Hall (1830 County Road B East, Maplewood, MN 55109)
• 9/19-10/31 (business days) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• 11/1 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
• 11/3 (Monday) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mounds View City Hall (2401 Highway 10, Mounds View, MN 55112)
• 10/27-10/31 (Monday-Friday) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• 11/1 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
• 11/3 (Monday) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

New Brighton City Hall (803 Old Highway 8 NW, New Brighton, MN 55112)
• 9/19-10/31 (business days) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• 11/1 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
• 11/3 (Monday) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

North Oaks City Hall (100 Village Center Dr #230, North Oaks, MN 55127)
• 10/27-10/31 (Monday-Friday) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
• 11/1 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
• 11/3 (Monday) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

North St Paul City Hall (2400 Margaret St, North St Paul, MN 55109)
• 9/19-10/31 (business days) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
• 11/1 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
• 11/3 (Monday) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Roseville City Hall (2660 Civic Center Dr, Roseville, MN 55113)
• 10/27-10/31 (Monday-Friday) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• 11/1 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
• 11/3 (Monday) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Shoreview City Hall (4600 N Victoria St, Shoreview, MN 55126)
• 9/19-10/24 (business days) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• 10/27-10/30 (Monday-Thursday) 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
• 10/31 (Friday) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• 11/1 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
• 11/3 (Monday) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Spring Lake Park City Hall (1301 81st Ave NE, Spring Lake Park, MN 55432)
• 9/19-10/31 (business days) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• 11/1 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
• 11/3 (Monday) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saint Anthony City Hall (3301 Silver Lake Rd, Saint Anthony, MN 55418)
• 9/19-10/31 (business days) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• 11/1 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
• 11/3 (Monday) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Vadnais Heights City Hall (800 East County Rd E) Vadnais Heights, MN 55127
• 10/27-10/31 (Monday-Friday) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• 11/1 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
• 11/3 (Monday) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

White Bear Lake City Hall (4701 Highway 61, White Bear Lake, MN 55110)
• 9/19-10/31 (business days) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• 11/1 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
• 11/3 (Monday) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

White Bear Township Town Hall (1281 Hammond Rd, White Bear Township, MN 55110)
• 10/27-10/31 (Monday- Friday) 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
• 11/1 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
• 11/3 (Monday) 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

How do I vote early by mail?

Applications can be submitted at any time, even before the absentee voting period begins. Ballots will be mailed at the beginning of the absentee voting period.  After the absentee voting period has begun, ballots will be sent out on the same day that an application is received.

If you intend to vote absentee by mail, you should submit your application by mail or fax at least four days before the election, to ensure adequate mail transit time.

Apply online:

Please visit this online absentee ballot request tool to apply for your absentee ballot:

Apply online for your absentee ballot

Apply with a paper application:

Download a paper application

Application forms may be faxed (651-266-2177) or e-mailed (elections@co.ramsey.mn.us) to our office to expedite this process.  Emailed copies must be scanned in and then emailed, as your signature needs to be included.

Or, mail your completed application to:

     Ramsey County Elections
     PO Box 64098
     St Paul, MN 55164-0098

All absentee ballots must arrive at Ramsey County Elections no later than 3:00pm on Election Day.    Voters can designate an agent to deliver their absentee ballot to Ramsey County Elections by 3:00 pm on Election Day. Absentee ballots will not be accepted on Election Day if delivered by the voter to his or her polling place or Ramsey County Elections.

Can someone help me fill out the application?

Someone may help you fill out your information, but all applications must contain an actual signature of the voter, or a note written on the application stating that the voter gave their permission to another person to sign for them.  If the person who signs for the voter is a power of attorney, simply writing 'POA' is not sufficient.  A note stating that permission was granted is always required, and can be written by the signer.

How long will it take to get my ballot through the mail?

In Minnesota, we have found that mail carried from Ramsey County to southern Minnesota (and vice versa) often is delivered in one day.  Mail carried to northwestern Minnesota generally takes more than one day.

When sending to destinations outside Minnesota, the mail to the western US can be delivered in as few as 2-3 days, whereas longer delivery times are often the case for mail to the Northeast and Washington DC area.

How can I speed up the mail process?

One way to speed up mail delivery is to use an express delivery service, such as USPS Express Mail, FedEx, UPS, DHL, or a similar service.  If you or someone you know provides our office with a pre-paid express mailer, or with a credit card number and expiration date, we will use an express carrier to send you the ballot.  We suggest that you return the ballot to us in the same manner.

If you are attending college overseas, you may wish to make contact with the US embassy or US consulate near you.  The staff at the embassies and consulates may be able to expedite delivery of your voted ballot back to the US, or know of other options available to you.

Who can be my witness?

It is required to have another person witness your absentee ballot.  If you do not know another person who is registered to vote in Minnesota at your college, you should contact one of the following officials:

  • Notary Public
  • County, City or Town Clerk
  • College Registrar 
  • Consular Official at a US Embassy or Consulate
  • Judicial Officer 
  • Any other official who can administer an oath

How do I make sure that my ballot is accepted?

The following errors will cause your absentee ballot to be rejected:

  • Voter does not sign the return envelope   
  • Voter does not record a witness
  • Voter’s witness does not include witness name, witness's MN address, and/or signature
  • Voter’s witness does not check the proof of residency box (non-registered absentees only)
  • Ballot arrives at Elections office after Election Day

Ballots that are rejected will cause a replacement ballot to be mailed out until the Friday prior to Election Day.

Additional Information for College Students

As a college student, you have a choice where to cast your ballot, based on your residence.  You may select only one residence and vote once in any given election.

  • If you live at home while attending school, you vote at your hometown polling place. 
  • If you live on campus, you may vote either at your hometown polling place (as long as you still have a permanent residence there) or at the polling place in the neighborhood where your school is located (but not at both places).
  • If you live off campus at school, you may vote either at your hometown polling place (as long as you still have a permanent residence there) or at the polling place for your off campus residence (but not at both places). 

To find out what offices will be on your ballot, please visit the ballot information page.

Absentee Ballot Applications