If you are unable to vote on Election Day then you may want to vote by Absentee Ballot. Anyone who wishes to vote may do so by Absentee Ballot beginning 46 days before Election Day.
Minnesota voters can now request an Absentee Ballot be mailed to their home. You may do so online through the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. The service allows voters to apply for an Absentee Ballot quickly and easily.
When absentee voting at the Fridley Civic Campus, 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.
Absentee Ballots for Regular Voters
All absentee voters must submit a Minnesota Absentee Ballot Application, regardless of registration status. If a voter is not registered, or their registration has expired, they are required to re-register by filling out the Election Day Registration form.
Absentee voters can cast their Absentee Ballot in two ways:
1. Vote in person at the Fridley Civic Campus starting January 17, 2020
During regular hours:
- Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
During the extended hours listed:
- Saturday prior to Election Day: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Monday prior to Election Day: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2. Absentee voting by mail
All absentee voters must first complete an Absentee Ballot Application. Find the application online (PDF), download and print the application and complete by hand, or call the Anoka County Elections office at 763-324-1300 to have an application sent to you by mail. Return your application as early as possible by any of the following methods:
- Mail: Anoka County Elections, 2100 3rd Avenue, Suite W130, Anoka, MN 55303
- Fax: 763-324-1160
- Email: send a scanned image of your application to firstname.lastname@example.org
An Absentee Ballot will be mailed to you within two business days. The Absentee Ballot will contain voting instructions and a return envelope. Be sure to follow the instructions very carefully and return the ballot as soon as possible.
Can I vote by Absentee Ballot if I'm not a registered voter?
If you are not a registered voter, that is 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 your ballot 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 location on Election Day.
Can I place my Absentee Ballot directly into a ballot counter at City Hall?
All eligible voters can vote at the Civic Campus seven days prior to Election Day and place their ballots directly into a ballot counter. This time period is called Direct Balloting. Votes will be counted immediately, but results will not be reported until the polls close on Election Day.
Direct Balloting will be available seven days before Election Day.
Please note, high turnout is expected at the Civic Campus during Direct Balloting. We will do our best to get voters through the line as quickly and efficiently as possible. Thank you in advance for your patience.
Absentee Ballots for Military and Overseas Voters
Persons living abroad or who are in the military can go to the Secretary of State's website to obtain more Absentee Ballot information.