Want to avoid the lines on Election Day? Make a plan to vote early!
All 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, either in-person at city hall or through the mail, you must complete an absentee ballot application in order to receive a ballot.
For the 2020 presidential nomination primary election, you can vote early at St. Louis Park City Hall Jan. 17 – March 2, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. Early voting at city hall is for St. Louis Park residents only.
The city clerk's office will offer extended hours for voting on the following days:
- Feb. 29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- March 2, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Before you receive a ballot to cast your vote in-person, you will need to complete an absentee ballot application. Applications will be available at city hall; you don’t need to complete one prior to coming.
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.
If you would like to vote early by mail, you will need to first complete an absentee ballot application to request that a ballot be mailed to you.
Applying for an absentee ballot
There are several ways to get an application:
- Complete the online absentee ballot application.
- Contact the elections office at 952.924.2503 to have an absentee ballot application mailed to you.
- Print the paper absentee ballot application.
Paper absentee ballot applications can be returned by mail, fax or email to:
Hennepin County Government Center
300 South 6th St MC 012
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0012
Once your completed application is received, an election official will mail your ballot to you.
To request an application in an alternative format such as Braille, call 1.877.600.8683.
Deadline to apply
You can apply for a ballot any time during the year, except on Election Day. If you plan to vote through the mail, remember to leave time for election officials to mail your ballot, and for you to complete and return it on or before Election Day.
Returning your ballot
Once you receive your ballot, read and follow the instructions carefully. For your ballot to count, remember the following important information:
- You will need a witness when you vote and complete your ballot. The witness can be either a registered Minnesota voter or a notary. Please note that city elections staff can only serve as a witness for ballots that are requested and completed in-person at city hall.
- Mail the ballot and any required registration forms (if provided) in the envelope that was sent to you. Your ballot will not count if any required information is missing or incomplete.
Deadline to return your ballot
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 can deliver ballots for up to three voters and will need to show identification with name and signature when returning a ballot.
Your ballot will not count if it is received after Election Day. Absentee ballots may NOT be delivered to your polling place on Election Day.
Anyone who wants to vote early by absentee ballot is required to fill out an absentee ballot application. The application asks for information similar to what you would provide at your polling place to check in. The application is required by law and helps election officials verify your identity and registration status.
The application 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
Additional information required for online application only:
- Email address
Additional information required to vote in the March 3, 2020 presidential nominating primary only.
- Designate which major political party ballot you want to receive.
- Sign an oath that you are eligible to vote in the state of Minnesota and that you generally agree with the principals of the major political party you selected on your application.
Special note for the presidential nominating primary on March 3.
The absentee ballot application for the March 3, 2020 election requires you to select the major political party ballot you want sent to you. Under state law, this information is required to vote in the presidential primary election.
For more information on this change and who will be able to access this data, contact our elections office or view our FAQ section.
City staff is unable to issue ballots to anyone other than the voter, unless you meet the requirements for agent delivery. Agent delivery is only available in the seven days before any election.
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. An absentee ballot application is still required to be completed by the voter, along with a request for agent delivery. Your completed application and request form must be received by 2 p.m. on Election Day. Your agent must return your ballot by 3 p.m. on Election Day. You can also choose to return your ballot by mail; however, election officials must receive your ballot on or before Election Day.
Learn more about agent delivery.
Special forms and procedures are available for Minnesotans who are serving in the military or are otherwise overseas. All questions regarding this should be directed to Hennepin County elections. You can contact Hennepin County election by email at email@example.com or by phone at 612.348.5151.
City staff cannot assist with absentee ballots for military or overseas voters.
Learn more about voting under special circumstances.
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. Learn more about voter registration.
Can I place my absentee ballot directly into a ballot counter at city hall?
All eligible voters can vote at city hall Feb. 25 – March 2 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, March 3, 2020.
Direct balloting will be available at St. Louis Park City Hall:
- Feb. 25 – Feb. 28, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Feb. 29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- March 2, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
How do I know if my absentee ballot has been counted?
You can track the status of your absentee ballot at any point in the process and confirm that it was received and counted.
- Initialized – Your ballot application has been received by election officials and is being processed.
- Sent – Election officials have verified the information on your ballot application and have issued your ballot materials (either in-person or through the mail).
- Received – Election officials have received your completed absentee ballot.
- Accepted – Your ballot is counted. Election officials have verified that you have met all requirements under state law to have your ballot counted.
- Rejected – Your ballot has not been counted because required information was either missing or unverifiable on the ballot envelope you returned to elections officials. Election officials will send you a replacement ballot for completion. If this is within five days of Election Day, a replacement ballot will not be sent through the mail. Election officials will attempt to contact you by telephone or email to notify you that your ballot was rejected and provide you with options for casting a replacement ballot.
I already completed and submitted an absentee ballot, can I change my vote?
If you already voted early by absentee ballot, either in person at city hall or through the mail, and you want to change your vote, you must contact elections staff to spoil your ballot and get a new ballot. Under state law, this cannot be done within seven days of any election.
The deadline to spoil your ballot for the presidential primary is 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 24, 2020.
- St. Louis Park elections — 952.924.2503
- Hennepin County Elections — 612.348.5151
- Minnesota Secretary of State's Office — 1.800.600.VOTE (8683)
Note: Elections staff can only provide you with information regarding your own ballot or registration status. We cannot give you information about other voters.