Other Absentee Ballot Situations
Military and Overseas Voters
There are special provisions for voters who are serving away from home in the military, for their spouses and dependents, and for citizens who are temporarily or permanently overseas. Find more information on Absentee Voting for Military Personnel and Overseas Citizens.
Delivery of Absentee Ballots by Others
The following voters may authorize an agent to pick up and return an absentee ballot for them:
- Patients in hospitals, residential treatment centers, and nursing homes
- Residents of group homes
- Residents of battered women’s shelters
- Residents of assisted living facilities
- Voters who are disabled
- Voters who would have difficulty getting to the polls because of incapacitating health reasons
If you are currently living in a residential facility but not sure if it meets the qualifications listed above, please ask the administrator of your facility. In order to have an agent deliver your ballot, you must complete the Request for Agent Delivery of Absentee Ballot Form (PDF) and the Absentee Ballot Application (PDF). You must have a pre-existing relationship with the your agent. The agent will use the completed forms to pick up a ballot, bring the ballot to you, and return your voted ballot to the County Auditor or City Clerk.
Each agent is only allowed to deliver and return ballots for a maximum of three voters. This activity may only occur the seven days preceding an election. Ballots can be picked up until 2:00 p.m. on Election Day, and voted ballots must be returned by 3:00 p.m. on Election Day.
Permanent or Ongoing Absentee Ballots
If you are an eligible voter who reasonably believes that you will be unable to go to your polling place for one of the reasons allowed on an ongoing basis, you may request to receive an application for an absentee ballot before each election by completing the Application to Automatically Receive Absentee Ballot Applications (PDF).
Voters Moving from Minnesota to Another State
If you are an eligible voter who moved from Minnesota to another state within 30 days of a Presidential Election and you are not eligible to vote in your new state, then you should review the Presidential Absentee Ballot Application to find out how to vote in Minnesota in the Presidential Election.