2016 Election Dates
In 2016, Minnesotans will vote for U.S. President, U.S. Representative, Minnesota State Senator and Minnesota State Representative.
- Election Day is Tuesday, November 8
- Absentee ballots are available starting Friday, September 23
- Pre-registration deadline is Tuesday, October 18 (register online or register on Election Day)
Direct Balloting Available at City Hall November 1 - November 7
- All eligible voters can now vote in-person the week before any election and place their ballots directly into a ballot counter.
- Your vote will be counted immediately, but it won’t be reported until the polls close on Election Day, August 9.
- For the 2016 Minnesota State Primary, in-person absentee voting is available at City Hall August 2-8.
What are the benefits to voters?
- Vote at a convenient time
- Have confidence that a ballot is immediately counted
- Verify ballot was properly filled out and accepted by the counting machine
- Avoid hassle of placing absentee ballots into a series of envelopes
This change also helps election officials by providing:
- Faster results reporting on election night
- Increased savings in time and materials to administer the election
Prepare to Vote
Voting in elections is your opportunity to be heard, hold elected officials accountable, and have a say in important issues that affect your community. Prepare to vote so you can take part in our democracy.
Note that the Secretary of State’s Office has many voting materials and forms now available in ten languages -- Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, Lao, Oromo, Khmer and Amharic. Here are some key links to these new materials: