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Absentee Voting
How to Vote Absentee

Absentee voting means voting by mail or in person before Election Day, instead of at the polling place. Absentee ballots are ready 46 days before an election. Beginning with the Primary Election, on August 9, 2016 any eligible voter in Minnesota may choose to vote by absentee ballot for any reason.

Absentee ballots for the General Election will be available beginning on September 23, 2016 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  Absentee voting will continue for the 46 days prior to Election Day, ending on November 7, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.  Inver Grove Heights City Hall will also be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2016 before Election Day for absentee voting.

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

Requesting an Absentee Ballot

  • You can request an absentee ballot online through the Minnesota Secretary of State

                    Mail:  Inver Grove Heights City Hall - 8150 Barbara Avenue Inver Grove Heights, MN 55077
                    Fax:  651-450-2502

          Election officials will mail you a ballot after they receive and process a completed application.   

          Read the privacy disclaimer about absentee ballot application data.

  • Not Pre-Registered? 

            That's not a problem.  You can apply for an absentee ballot and you will receive voter registration materials   
            with your ballot.

Returning an Absentee Ballot

Once you receive your ballot in the mail, follow the instructions carefully. Voters need to have a notary or a registered Minnesota voter sign their envelope as a witness. The notary can be from any state. To return their absentee ballot, you can:

  • Mail it in the prepaid envelope that came with the ballot. The ballot must arrive back on or before Election Day. Postmark dates do not matter, only the date the ballot arrives. If you are concerned that your ballot will not arrive in time by U.S. Mail, you may pay for package delivery service.

  • Drop it off in person to the election office that provided the absentee ballot. Election offices accept absentee ballots in person until 5 p.m. the day before Election Day.

  • Absentee ballots hand-delivered by an agent of the voter (a commercial delivery service or any individual other than the voter) must be received by the city or county election office by 3 p.m. on Election Day.

  • On Election Day, voters may go to the polls to vote, but CANNOT deliver their own absentee ballots to any election officials

  • Absentee ballots CANNOT be delivered directly to a polling place.

Make a Mistake Marking Your Absentee Ballot?

If you make a mistake when filling out your ballot, request a new ballot from the City of Inver Grove Heights. Contact information is listed above. If it is too close to the election to request a new ballot, completely cross out the name of the candidate you accidentally marked and then mark your ballot for the candidate you prefer. Do not initial your corrections.

Track Your Absentee Ballot

You can track the progress of your absentee ballot with the absentee ballot lookup tool at mnvotes.org If there is a problem with your ballot, election officials will send a replacement.

Absentee Voting in Inver Grove Heights Video

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