Vote Early

Anoka County residents can vote in advance of election day by casting an absentee ballot:

In-Person Absentee Voting (vote early in person)

Eligible voters may cast an absentee ballot in person beginning 46 days prior to each election 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

**Important note for the August 11 primary election only:

  • A witness is not required for registered voters. A witness is still required for voters that are not already registered.

>>>Frequently Asked Questions for Absentee Voting by Mail<<<


2020 Absentee Dates & Deadlines

All absentee voting by mail or in-person starts 46 days before each election. The absentee periods for the 2020 elections are as follows:

State Primary Election - Tuesday, August 11, 2020

  • June 26 - August 10, 2020

General Election - Tuesday, November 3, 2020

  • September 18 - November 2, 2020

Applications returned before the start of the absentee period will have their ballots sent out on the first day of the absentee period. 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.

Returning Your Ballot

  • For the August 11 primary election only:
    • Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked on or before Election Day (Tuesday, August 11) and received in our office by Thursday, August 13.
  • For the November 3 general election:
    • Absentee ballots returned by mail must arrive on or before 8:00 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, November 3).
  • Voters may also drop off their own voted absentee ballot (or through an agent) in person at the county or at their city hall. Ballots must be dropped of by 3 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted. Agents can return ballots for a maximum of 3 voters.
  • Within the last 7 days prior to the election, voters in special situations can use the agent delivery process to vote absentee

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