Voting By Absentee Ballot


Qualified voters of Excelsior may vote by absentee ballot if they are unable to get to their polling place on Election Day.

To be eligible to vote in Minnesota you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old on Election Day
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
  • Have any felony conviction record discharged, expired or completed
  • Not be under court-ordered guardian where a court has revoked your voting rights
  • Not have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law

Registered to Vote

You do not have to be registered to vote to apply for an absentee ballot, but it makes the process easier. You can check your voter registration status online. If you need to register or update your voter registration, you may want to do that online before applying for an absentee ballot.

Voting Absentee

Use the online application for federal, state and county elections.

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 form by clicking this link, selecting your preferred language, and printing out the paper absentee ballot application.

If you are an active duty military or overseas voter, do not use this application. Use the special application for military and overseas voters.

If you already submitted your application, do not submit another one online; use the Absentee Ballot Lookup to find out where your absentee ballot is in the process, or contact Hennepin County Election Office at

Voting Early by Mail

To vote by mail, apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to you. You do not need to be registered to apply.

Read before you apply:

For your ballot to count, remember this important information:

  1. Read the instructions that come with your ballot carefully.
  2. You will need a witness when you vote and complete your ballot. The witness can be either a registered Minnesota voter or a notary.
  3. Mail the ballot and forms back right away after you finish. Your ballot will not count if it is received after Election Day.

Return your Application to:
Hennepin County Government Center
Absentee Application
300 South 6th Street PSL 012
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0012
Hennepin County Government Center Website
Email the Hennepin County Government Center

Deadline to Return Your Ballot

Your ballot will not count if it is received after Election Day. Return your ballot by mail or package delivery service (such as FedEx and United Postal Service (UPS)). You can also return your ballot in person no later than 3 p.m. on Election Day to the election office that sent your ballot.

Track Your Ballot

You can track the status of your ballot and confirm that it was received and counted.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities

Voting equipment designed to assist voters with marking their ballot, the ES&S AutoMARK, will be at the polling place on Election Day for use by voters. The ES&S AutoMARK will be available for demonstration at City Hall after August 4-10.

Voters unable to enter the polling place may, with the assistance of two Election Judges from different political parties, register and vote without leaving their vehicle. Call the City of Excelsior at 952-474-5233 for more information.