The 2019 Special Election will take place Tuesday, November 5. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Early voting in Minnesota begins 46 days before Election Day, which is Friday, September 20. Voters can cast their ballot in person or via U.S. mail. To find your polling location, visit www.mnvotes.org or call 651-423-7736.
In order vote in an election, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen;
- At least 18 years old on Election Day;
- A resident of Minnesota for 20 days, and
- Finished with all parts of any felony sentence.
You can vote while under guardianship unless a judge specifically has revoked your right to vote. You cannot vote if a court has ruled that you are legally incompetent.
For more information about elections and voting or how to vote early, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.
Vote early by absentee
Beginning Sept. 20, voters can cast their ballot ahead of Election Day through the absentee balloting process. Registered voters do not need a reason to vote by absentee ballot.
Absentee ballots can be completed in person at one of four locations: the District Office in Rosemount, 3455 153rd St. W., and the Dakota County government centers in Apple Valley, Hastings and West St. Paul, beginning Sept. 20. If voting absentee at one of these locations, the voter can submit their absentee ballot application and their voted ballot all in one stop, if desired. They can also take their ballot and submit the completed ballot by mail.
To absentee vote by mail, voters may download an absentee ballot application form on the district website at District196.org and mail the completed application as directed in the application materials. Once an application is received and processed, an absentee ballot will be mailed to the voter along with instructions for completing and returning their ballot in the postage-paid envelope that is provided with the ballot. If the person applying for an absentee ballot is not registered to vote, a voter registration application will be mailed with the absentee ballot and the completed voter registration application should be returned along with the ballot. Voter registration can also be completed online at www.mnvotes.org.
In addition, early in-person voting will be offered beginning Tuesday, Oct. 29 through Monday, Nov. 4, each business day at the District Office in Rosemount (7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with extended hours of 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 4). Early in-person voting will also be available these dates at the Dakota County Administration Center in Hastings, 1590 Highway 55 (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with extended hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 4).
For more information about absentee and early in-person voting, call 651-423-7725.