Early In-Person Voting Starts September 21st

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Election Day 2018
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Vote early in person

You can cast an absentee ballot at your local elections’ offices starting 46 days before Election Day (September 21, 2018).
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 AM – 4:30 PM

Scott County
Scott County Government Center, Room GC112, Shakopee, MN

Dakota County
Request an absentee ballot at the following locations:
Administration Center: Monday-Friday, 8 AM – 4:30 PM
Northern Service Center: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 8 AM – 4:30 PM; Wednesday, 8 AM – 6 PM
Western Service Center: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8 AM – 4:30 PM; Tuesday, Thursday, 8 AM – 6 PM

Vote early by mail

You can also apply to have an absentee ballot sent to you in the mail. You must return your ballot by Election Day. Complete an Absentee Ballot Application and return it by mail or bring the application to a county or municipal office. You can request an absentee ballot online

Absentee ballots sent to you
Requested absentee ballots will be sent as quickly as possible. Initial mailings of absentee ballots for most elections take place 46 days before the election. Absentee ballots for March township elections will be sent 30 days before the election. Be sure to review the enclosed instructions, complete your absentee ballot and return it in the provided envelope.

If you’re not registered
If your registration is not current or complete, a voter registration application will be included with your absentee ballot materials. The completed voter registration application must be returned with your voted ballot.

Take time off work to vote
You have a right to take time off work to vote without losing your pay, personal leave, or vacation time.

  • Your employer must pay you for the time you need to vote, if it falls within your scheduled work time. Your employer cannot require you to use personal leave or vacation time (see Minnesota Statutes 204C.04 and 204C.08 subd. 1d).
  • Take only as much time as you need to vote and go to work.
  • Your employer cannot directly or indirectly refuse, limit, or interfere with this right, including what time you choose to vote.
  • Your employer can ask that you tell them when you will be gone and ask that employees coordinate their absences to minimize workplace disruptions.

Prior Criminal Record
Your criminal record does not affect your right to vote in Minnesota unless you are currently serving a felony conviction sentence, including probation, parole or supervised release. you can find more info here.

Above information compiled from various sources including the Minnesota Secretary of State, Scott County and Dakota County websites.