You can vote early by using an absentee ballot, instead of voting in-person at your polling place on Election Day. You can vote absentee by mail, in-person, or by having a person you know pick up and deliver your ballot for you (this option is only available seven days before the election). Any voter may vote absentee.
You may apply for an absentee ballot online at the Minnesota Secretary of State website, or download and print the Absentee Ballot Application (PDF) or pick one up at the City of Hopkins City Clerk’s Office in City Hall.
You may also visit the Secretary of State’s website for information about absentee ballots.
Casting Your Absentee Ballot
For the General Election, you can cast your absentee ballot in two ways:
- Vote in person at Hopkins City Hall:
- During regular hours Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., beginning Friday, September 17, through Friday, October 29
- During extended hours before Election Day:
- Saturday, October 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Monday, November 1, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Submit your ballot by mail:
- 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.
Ballot Drop-Off Information
You may drop off your ballot or ballots for up to three other voters. When returning ballots for someone else, you must show ID with your name and signature.
As a reminder, ballots cannot be dropped off at your polling place on Election Day.
Absentee Ballot Status
The Minnesota Secretary of State’s website now allows you to verify the status of your absentee ballot.
Absentee Voting Overseas
There are special forms and procedures to make voting easier for Minnesotans who are serving in the military or are otherwise overseas. For more information visit Minnesota Overseas Vote Foundation or Federal Voting Assistance Program.