Absentee Ballots Must Arrive By Election Day

New ruling changes ballot due date

A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday evening that ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day must be set aside and could face legal challenges that would result in them not being counted.

Hennepin County has been following previous guidance from the Minnesota Secretary of State's office that said ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by November 10.

To ensure your ballot is counted, we no longer advise you mail your ballot back. Instead, drop it off or vote in person instead.

If you haven't yet returned your ballot

If your ballot is still in your possession, you are urged to drop it off at an election ballot dropbox. Note that if you're dropping off a ballot, it must be received by 3 p.m. on Election Day or it will not be counted.

Hennepin County offers two drop-off options: a dropbox on the skyway level of Government Center and a drive-thru drop off at 625 South 4th Avenue (formerly the Thrivent Financial building).

More info on absentee voting can be found here.

Hennepin County ballot drop-off hours (both locations)

  • October 30: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • October 31: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • NEW: November 1: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (drive-thru only)
  • November 2: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • November 3: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Shorewood city drop-off option

Ballots can be dropped off at Shorewood city hall 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday, October 30; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, October 31; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, November 2; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, November 3. Call city hall if you have questions or need to arrange a curbside pick-up, 952.960.7900.

What to do if you recently returned your ballot by mail

If you recently put your ballot in the mail, check the status of your ballot at mnvotes.org. If your ballot has not yet been accepted, make a plan to vote in person either early or on Election Day. An election judge will confirm that your previously issued ballot has not been accepted and issue you a new ballot on the spot.

All eligible voters in Hennepin County can vote early in person. The county offers this service at Government Center.

Government Center early in-person voting hours

  • October 30: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • October 31: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • November 2: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vote on Election Day

If you are unable to vote early, you can also vote on Election Day. An election judge will confirm that your ballot has not yet been received and issue you a new ballot.

Find your voting precinct on mnvotes.org