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Absentee Voting

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Absentee voting means voting by mail or in person before Election Day, instead of at the polling place. Absentee ballots are available 46 days before an election. Any eligible voter may choose to vote by absentee ballot for any reason.

In 2017 Hennepin County will be responsible for the administration of all absentee ballots processed through the mail. The City of St. Louis Park will continue to administer in-person absentee voting services.

When absentee voting is being conducted at St. Louis Park City Hall, no campaigning (campaign buttons, signs or clothing) is allowed in the building or within 100 feet of the building. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

When does absentee voting start for the General Election?
September 22, 2017 - November 6, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The City Clerk's Office will offer extended hours for absentee voting on the following days:

  • November 4, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • November 6, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where can I vote by absentee ballot?
Vote by absentee ballot at St. Louis Park City Hall, 5005 Minnetonka Blvd., St. Louis Park.

How do I apply for an absentee ballot?
Voters have several options to choose from to apply for an absentee ballot:

  1. In Person: You can request, receive and cast and absentee ballot in one visit to City Hall.
  2. By Mail: Contact the Elections Office at 952.924.2503 to request an absentee ballot application OR download an absentee ballot application.

Mail, fax or email a completed absentee ballot application to Hennepin County Elections at:

  • Mail: Hennepin County Elections - PSL 012 Government Center, 300 6th St. S., Minneapolis, MN 55487-0012
  • Fax: 612.348.2151
  • Email:

Upon receipt of a completed application, your ballot will be issued.

Can I vote by absentee ballot if I'm not a registered voter?
If you are not a registered voter, that's not a problem. When you apply for an absentee ballot you will be provided with the required voter registration materials.

How do I return my absentee ballot?
Once you receive your ballot, read and follow the instructions carefully. Voters are required to have a notary or a registered Minnesota voter sign their envelope as a witness. The notary can be from any state. 
Return your ballot by Election Day to the address on the return envelope. You have three options:

  • Send it so it arrives by Election Day, using U.S. mail or a package delivery service.
  • Deliver it in person by 3 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Ask someone to deliver your ballot for you by 3 p.m. on Election Day. This person cannot deliver more than three ballots.

Can I return my absentee ballot to a polling place on election day?
No. Absentee ballots may NOT be delivered to your polling place on Election Day.

Can I place my absentee ballot directly into a ballot counter at city hall?
All eligible voters can vote at City Hall October 31 - November 6 and place their ballots directly into a ballot counter. Votes will be counted immediately, but results will not be reported until the polls close on Election Day, November 7.

Direct balloting will be available:

  • October 31 and November 1, 2, & 3: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
  • November 4: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • November 6: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Who do I contact if I have questions about absentee voting?

  • City Clerk's Office at 952.924.2503
  • Hennepin County Elections at 612.348.5151
  • MN Secretary of State's Office at 1.800.600.VOTE (8683)

How do I vote if I am serving in the military or living abroad?
Special forms and procedures make voting easier for Minnesotans who are serving in the military or are otherwise overseas. Vote from military or abroad information