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It’s easy. You can apply online for a ballot — you don’t have to wait. As soon as your ballot is ready, Hennepin County will mail it to you. You can apply on the Secretary of State website at https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/ABRegistration/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx.
For your ballot to count, remember this important information:
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To reduce direct contact with others, the CDC encourages you to vote by mail. All Minnesota voters are eligible to vote by mail.
In Hopkins, you have the option to vote early in-person at City Hall. You will have some direct contact with staff, but may have contact with fewer people overall, especially during the first few weeks of early voting.
If you are not a registered voter, that’s not a problem. When you apply for an absentee ballot, you will be provided with voter registration materials. Please be prepared to show the required proof of residence.
Learn more about voter registration at https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/register-to-vote/.
Polling places will be open on Election Day. We may be required to relocate some due to poll worker shortages or if a facility is closed. You will get a notice in the mail if your polling place has changed.
Poll workers will be required to wear facemasks. We are training the workers on procedures for frequent disinfecting of voting pens, voting surfaces, and equipment. We will offer you hand sanitizer when you arrive at the polling place.
The CDC says that coronavirus transmission from mail is unlikely. However, they recommend washing your hands after collecting mail from a post office or home mailbox.
Each and every ballot we receive must be inspected closely by two election officials for the following:
Your ballot application and signature envelopes are kept on file for 22 months in case any questions or concerns arise that need to be investigated.
You can confirm we have received and counted your ballot using the online tracking tool. You can track the status of your absentee ballot at any point in the process and confirm that it was received and counted.
You may drop-off your ballot at City Hall, 1010 1st Street S:
The deadline to drop-off in-person at City Hall is 3 p.m. on Election Day (November 3). Ballots CANNOT be dropped-off at voting precincts on Election Day.
For your ballot to count, your returned ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day (November 3, 2020) and received by Hennepin County within the next seven calendar days (November 10). You may also drop-off your ballot envelope in-person at City Hall, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The deadline to drop off in person at City Hall is Election Day at 3 p.m.
Bring your ballot to City Hall at 1010 1st St. S. The deadline to drop off in person is 3 p.m. on Election Day.