Voting Absentee: What You Need to Know

Posted on 06/29/20


Vote from Home, Vote Early!

COVID-19 has affected every American’s health and financial security. Americans over the age of 50, the largest voting bloc in elections, have been disproportionately impacted. That is why one of AARP’s priorities for this election year is voting access that focuses on safety and ease for the 50-plus. We are working to ensure that voters 50-plus have access to safe voting options, including early and absentee voting, and removing requirements that can be burdensome to many voters. Did you know that absentee voting by mail and voting early in-person have long been options for every eligible Minnesota voter?

Vote Absentee by Mail

Minnesota has “no excuse” absentee balloting, which means you do not need to provide a reason to request an absentee ballot. Any eligible voter can apply for an absentee ballot and vote from the comfort and safety of their home. The absentee ballot form – which also allows you to register to vote, if needed – will be sent directly to you and can be returned by mail.

  • The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the state primaries in August 11, 2020 and November 3, 2020 for the General Election. Your ballot must be postmarked by Election Day to be counted.
  • The MN Secretary of State’s Office provides a list of ways you can return your ballot and track the status of your ballot and confirm that it was received and counted.

New this year for the August 11 State Primary is a change to the witness signature requirement for absentee ballots. All absentee mail ballots from registered voters will be accepted without requiring a witness signature. The agreement applies only to the August 11 primary and not the November general election.

Vote Early In-Person Voting

Beginning June 26, you can also choose to vote early in-person using the absentee ballot at designated early voting locations. Every county is required to have at least one early voting location and many have multiple locations.

  • Early in-person voting locations are open during all regular business hours plus the last Saturday before Election Day from at least 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and the day before Election Day until at least 5 p.m.
  • Any locations will also have expanded hours especially during the week before Election Day.
  • Find an early voting location near you at MNVotes.org.

AARP MN is committed to providing factual information on how voters 50-plus can cast a vote, whether they choose to vote absentee by mail or in-person. With a number of election-related legal cases pending in Minnesota, we will be keeping our members, and other voters aware of any changes to voting access to ensure that they are able to vote safely on election day. Consider doing what 675,000 Minnesotans did in 2016 General Election and vote early either by absentee ballot or in-person. Visit MNVotes.org for additional information on early voting and other election topics.

This story is provided by AARP Minnesota. Visit the AARP Minnesota page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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