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ABSENTEE VOTING - Sign Up for Absentee Voting and Have Your Ballot(s) Sent to You
The following information is from the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office. By clicking on any of the links, you will be redirected to the Secretary of States Office.
Use this online application for federal, state and county elections.
To complete the application online you must:
- Be eligible to register and vote in Minnesota
- Provide an email address
- Provide your identification number: MN-issued driver's license,
Minnesota ID card or last 4 digits of Social Security Number
Click on the following link to sign up to receive your absentee ballot(s):
The online application is a two-step process. NOTE: If you do not have an email address and one of the identification numbers above, you cannot apply for your absentee ballot online. You may apply with an Absentee-Ballot-Application and send the application to:
300 South 6th Street
012 Skyway Level - Government Center
Minneapolis, MN 55487
If you already submitted your application, do not submit another one online; use the Absentee Ballot Lookup to find out where your absentee ballot is in the process, or contact the Hennepin County election office
Click on the link below to view the Absentee Ballot Application Form
Identification - Proofs of Residence
Everyone who registers on Election Day must provide one of the proofs of residence listed below. Only proofs authorized by law may be used. A voter is allowed to leave and come back in order to get what they need to register. (M.S.201.061;M.R.8200.5100)
ID with voter’s current name and address Voters may use the following IDs with their current name and address in the precinct:
- Valid Minnesota driver’s license, Minnesota learner’s permit or Minnesota ID card.
- The yellow receipt for a Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit or ID card.
- Tribal ID card with name, current address, signature, and picture issued by the tribal government of a tribe recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Tribal band members are not required to live on an Indian reservation in order to use a tribal identification card to prove residence.
When presented with a Minnesota license, look for a "status check" notation in the lower right-hand corner. If you see this, it indicates the voter was not a citizen at the time they applied for the license. They may or may not have become a citizen since obtaining the license. If they state they are eligible to vote, you or the Head Judge must follow the Roster Challenge Procedures found on page 15.
Photo ID plus a document with name and current address Voters must show both one photo ID and one document. The ID must contain the voter’s name and photo, and can be expired. The document must have the voter’s name and current address in the precinct, and can be shown electronically or on paper.
Approved Photo IDs (choose one)
- Driver's license, state ID or learner’s permit issued by any state
- United States passport
- United States Military or Veteran ID
- Tribal ID with the name, signature and photo of the voter
- Minnesota university, college, or technical college ID
- Minnesota high school ID
Approved Documents (choose one)
- Residential lease or rental agreement (must be valid through Election Day)
- Current student fee statement
- Bill, account or start of service statement due or dated within 30 days of election for:
- Phone (landline, cell, VOIP, etc.)
- TV (cable, satellite, etc.)
- Solid waste or sewer
- Electric, gas or water
- Banking or credit card
- Rent or mortgage payments
Registered voter who can confirm the registrant’s name and address - A voter registered in the same precinct can sign an oath attesting to a new registrant’s residence. This is called ‘vouching.’ A registered voter can vouch for up to eight voters whom they personally know live in the precinct. The person who does the vouching can also have registered on Election Day by using any proof of residence option, except for vouching—once a voter registers by being vouched for, that person cannot in turn vouch for others. Note: Residential facility vouchers do not have an eight-voter limit—see Option 7 below. Here are the steps for processing a voucher:
- Have voucher complete the Voucher Form on the back side of the registration application.
- Review what the voucher has written, ensure that all items are complete and then sign the form.
- Each pre-registered voter has a unique identification number assigned them. Find the voucher’s identification number on either the Pre-Registered Roster or the Greeter’s List and record it on the Precinct List of Persons Vouching form. If the voucher registered on Election Day, an identification number may not be available.
- Record the number of persons the voter vouched for on the same form.
College student ID—if a student housing list was provided Your precinct may be provided with a list of students housed at a Minnesota postsecondary educa-tional institution. If so, a student named on that list can register by showing a current, valid student ID card from that same institution. The ID must have their photo.
Valid registration in the same precinct If a voter is currently registered in the precinct but changed names or moved within the same pre-cinct, their registration serves as proof of residence — no additional documentation is needed.
Notice of Late Registration The voter can show a Notice of Late Registration from the county auditor or city clerk. A voter may be sent a Notice of Late Registration if they register less than 21 days before the election.
Staff person of a residential facility If the voter lives in a residential facility, a staff person from the facility can vouch for their residency with a signed oath. Unlike registered voter vouchers (see Option 3 above), residential facility staff may vouch for any number of voters living in the facility.
- Residential facilities include nursing homes, veterans’ homes, developmental disability care facilities, shelters or temporary living facilities for homeless persons, battered women’s shelters, and other types of licensed facilities.
- If a list of facility staff is provided prior to the election, your local election official will include it in your supplies. If no list is provided, a staff person can demonstrate their employment at that fa-cility another way, such as providing an employee badge.
- Have the voucher complete the Voucher Form on the back side of the registration application. Do not record this type of voucher on the Precinct List of Persons Vouching form. (M.S. 256E.33; M.S. 144D.01; M.S. 245A.02; M.S. 256I.03)
Woodland City Election
In conjunction with the State General Election, the City of Woodland will hold its municipal election November 6, 2018. Woodland voters will elect two Council members at the November General Election.
Terms for these Council positions are four years beginning at the first meeting in January, 2019 and ending December 31, 2022. People interested in running for office in Woodland must file an affidavit of candidacy.
The filing period will be July, 31, 2018 to Aug. 14, 2018. To file for office, an individual must meet the following requirements:
- Candidate must be an eligible voter.
- Is, or will be on assuming the office, 21 years of age or more.
- Maintained residence in the district from which the candidate seeks election for 30 days before the general election.
Candidates must file an Affidavit of Candidacy and pay a $2 filing fee with the City Clerk's office at City Hall, 20225 Cottagewood Road, Deephaven, MN 55331.
Contact the City Clerk with questions at (952) 358-9936.