Early (Absentee) Voting

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Eligible St. Louis Park voters may choose to vote early before Election Day through absentee voting. Ballots for absentee voting are available 46 days before an election and can be submitted in person or by mail, instead of at a polling location.

When voting early, you must complete an absentee ballot application. The application has seven questions and requires you to provide:

  • Full name (first, middle, last)
  • Date of birth
  • A Minnesota-issued ID or driver's license number OR the last four digits of your Social Security number
  • Address where you live
  • Signature of an oath that you are eligible to vote in the state of Minnesota

In 2019, Hennepin County will be responsible for administering all mailed absentee ballots. The City of St. Louis Park will continue to administer in-person absentee voting.

When voting early at city hall, no campaigning is allowed in the building or within 100 feet of the building. This includes campaign buttons, signs or clothing. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Early voting dates and location

You can vote early at St. Louis Park City Hall Sept. 20, 2019 - Nov. 4, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The city clerk's office will offer extended hours for voting on the following days:

  • Nov. 2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Nov. 4, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Early voting at city hall is for St. Louis Park residents only.

Applying for an absentee ballot

To apply for an absentee ballot, you must complete and return an absentee ballot application. Voters have several options to choose from to get an absentee ballot:

  • In person — You can request, receive and cast an absentee ballot in person at city hall.

  • By mail — Contact the elections office at 952.924.2503 to request an absentee ballot application

  • Online — Download and print an absentee ballot application online. 

To request an application in an alternative format such as Braille, call 1.877.600.8683.

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

Hennepin County Government Center
300 South 6th St MC 012
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0012
Fax: 612.348.2151
Email: hc.vote@hennepin.us

After completed applications are received, your ballot will be mailed to you.

How to return your voted 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 return envelope as a witness. The notary can be from any state. Return your ballot to the address on the return envelope by:

  • Mailing it through U.S. mail or a package delivery service so it arrives by Election Day.
  • Delivering it in person by 3 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Asking someone to deliver your ballot for you by 3 p.m. on Election Day. This person cannot deliver more than three ballots.

Absentee ballots may NOT be delivered to your polling place on Election Day. 

Ballots picked up and returned by others

If you are unable to go to your polling location due to incapacitating health reasons or a disability, you can have an agent pick up and return an absentee ballot for you. Through agent delivery, you can designate someone you have a personal relationship with to get a ballot and bring it to you. Agent delivery can only be used during the seven days before Election Day. Learn more about agent delivery.

Voting for military or those living abroad

Special forms and procedures are available for Minnesotans who are serving in the military or are otherwise overseas. View voting information for military and those abroad.

Frequently asked questions 

Can I vote early 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. Please be prepared to show the required proof of residence. Complete details here
Can I place my absentee ballot directly into a ballot counter at city hall?

All eligible voters can vote at city hall Oct. 29 – Nov. 4 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, Nov. 5, 2019.

Direct balloting will be available:

  • Oct. 29 – Nov. 1, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
  • Nov. 2, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Nov. 4, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


  • City clerk's office — 952.924.2503
  • Hennepin County Elections — 612.348.5151
  • Minnesota Secretary of State's Office — 1.800.600.VOTE (8683)