Secretary Simon announces start of absentee and early voting for 2018 general election


Minnesota voters have 46 days to cast a ballot for the general election

Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon announced voting for the 2018 general election is now open. This year’s primary election saw near-record voter participation, with 925,554 Minnesotans casting ballots, the most since at least 1950. In addition to leading the nation in voter turnout, Minnesota has the longest early voting period of any state in the country.

“Minnesotans enjoy the longest early voting period — 46 days — of any state in the nation,” said Secretary Simon. “We saw record numbers of early voting and total voter participation during the primary. It’s clear to me that Minnesotans of all political leanings are fired up to vote in 2018 and keep Minnesota number one in the nation in voter participation.”

For nine elections in a row Minnesota was number one in the country in voter turnout. In 2014, Minnesota fell to number six. But in 2016, Minnesotans responded to the challenge and returned to number one in the county for voter participation.

How to request an absentee ballot

Minnesota voters can request an absentee ballot quickly and easily at using the online application.

Voters can also request an absentee ballot by downloading the 2018 Minnesota absentee ballot application and returning it to their county election office by email, mail, or fax. Absentee ballot application forms are available in English, Spanish, Hmong, Somali, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, Lao, Oromo, Khmer, and Amharic.

Voters can request an absentee ballot even if they are not registered to vote — a voter registration application will be provided with their ballot.

Important deadlines

Voting absentee by mail: Minnesotans voting absentee by mail must make sure their ballot is returned on or before the November 6 general election. Ballots returned after November 6 will not be counted.

Voting absentee in person: The last day to vote absentee in person is Monday, November 5.

Military and overseas voters

Minnesotans serving in the military or living abroad — temporarily or indefinitely — can have an absentee ballot sent to them anywhere in the world. Learn more by going to

What’s on my ballot?

Minnesotans can use My Ballot to view their sample ballot and find links to candidates’ websites at the Secretary of State website.

Tracking your ballot

Beginning on September 21, upon requesting an absentee ballot, voters may check the status of their ballot, such as when it was mailed, and if their completed ballot was received and accepted by their local elections office. Just go to

The vote-from-home and early voting period for all federal, state, judicial, and county offices runs from September 21, 2018, until November 5, 2018. In-person election day voting will take place throughout Minnesota on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

Anyone can go to to check their eligibility, register to vote, or to locate their county or city election office.


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