Vote Early

In-Person Absentee Voting (vote early in person)

Eligible voters may cast an absentee ballot in person beginning on Friday, September 18 at their city hall or at the Anoka County Government Center. More information can be found here, including in-person absentee dates, times, and locations.

Absentee Voting by Mail (vote early by mail)

Ways to Apply

Returning Paper Applications

2020 Absentee Dates & Deadlines

All absentee voting by mail or in-person starts 46 days before each election. Applications returned before the start of the absentee period will have their ballots sent out on the first day of the absentee period (Friday, September 18). After the start of the absentee period, ballots will be mailed out as soon as applications are received. Due to high volume for the 2020 elections, there may be longer delivery times. Please apply as early as possible to ensure prompt delivery.

**Important note: by court order, a witness is not required for registered voters for the November 2020 general election. A witness is still required for voters that are not already registered.

Returning Your Ballot

  • Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Election Day (Tuesday, November 3) and received in our office by Tuesday, November 10.
  • Voters may also drop off their own voted absentee ballot in person at the Anoka County Government Center or at their city hall*. Ballots must be dropped off by 3 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted. 
  • If you are returning someone else's ballot, you will need to sign a return log and show identification with name and signature.
  • You may not drop your ballot off at your polling place on election day.
  • Within the last 7 days prior to the election, voters in special situations can use the agent delivery process to vote absentee.

Track Your Ballot

  • Visit to track the status of your absentee ballot.
  • Ballots are reviewed daily by the absentee ballot board to determine whether they meet acceptance criteria.
  • Opening of envelopes for accepted absentee ballots begins 14 days prior to Election Day.
  • If your ballot is rejected, the voter will be sent a replacement ballot. Within the last 5 days before Election Day we will also attempt to contact the voter via phone and/or email.
  • What happens after you return your absentee ballot?
  • Contact Anoka County Elections by phone (763-324-1300) or email ([email protected]) if you have questions regarding the status of your absentee ballot.

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