Skip to main content
Publish date:

Records broken as early voting gets underway in Minnesota

There's huge interest in casting ballots early.

In case you didn't know, you can now cast your ballot for this year's mid-term elections.

Early voting opened on Friday, and there are already reports of a surge in interest among people who want to make their picks now rather than heading to the polls on Nov. 6.

A record was broken in Minneapolis, where as of 10 a.m. the city had prepared 10,014 absentee ballots for mailing.

That's a 30 percent increase on the 7,623 who applied by the same time in 2016 – remarkable considering that was a presidential election year – and a 130 percent increase on the 4,340 who applied at the last mid-terms in 2014.

It follows a similar surge in early voting interest ahead of the primaries in August, which saw the most early votes cast since it became legal in. Minnesota in 2013.

Minnesota, along with South Dakota, is the first state in the country to open up voting ahead of the mid-term.

How can I vote early?

Minnesotans have the choice to either vote in-person at their local county election office, or apply for an absentee ballot to send the vote in by mail.

If you want to vote in person, you can find your local county election office here on the Secretary of State website.

Sign up: Subscribe to our daily Bring Me The Newsletters.

If you wish to vote via absentee ballot, you can apply for one right here on the SoS website.

Minnesota has "no-excuse" absentee voting, so you don't need to give a reason why you want to mail your vote in.

You do however have to register and be eligible to vote in Minnesota, provide an email address, and provide an ID number that's either a driver's license, Minnesota ID card, or last 4 digits of your social security number.

Next Up

pixabay gun holding - CROP

'Extraordinarily bad idea': MN sheriff urges locals against firing 'warning shots'

The sheriff has seen a "handful" of warning shot incidents lately in response to possible prowlers.

waukesha parade screengrab

Waukesha parade: Police ID victims, reveal more about suspect

Two injured children remain in critical condition.

Dodge Center

Large police response to incident in Dodge Center

Triton Public Schools have been placed in a soft lockdown as a precaution.

rochester 1

Gallery: Renovated downtown Rochester home on the market for $2.3M

It's steps from the Mayo Clinic in an historic neighborhood.

hopkins high school GSV Pro - CROP

As students protest Rittenhouse verdict, fight in school prompts shelter-in-place

The high school issued a shelter in place as a result of the altercation.

deer hunting

Man shot in group hunting accident in southern Minnesota

It happened Saturday afternoon in Olmsted County.

long term care elderly

400 MN National Guard members headed to long-term care facilities

The governor also hopes to provide $50 million in federal funding to help facilities hire more workers.

Smack Shack Facebook 2

Smack Shack's 4th Twin Cities location opens in December

It's taking over a former Fuddruckers — meaning lots of seating and a bigger kitchen.

Franconia Sculpture Park - Lorie Shaull - Flickr

5 outdoor spots to explore on Black Friday (instead of shopping)

There's something for everyone on this list of Twin Cities destinations.

holiday shopping

Money Gal Coaching: 4 tips to avoid holiday shopping debt

Kelly Blodgett used her passion behind becoming debt free to launch Money Gal Coaching.

Pexels - woman grocery shopping mask covi

As COVID surges in MN, major cities not considering mask mandates

Cities are observing the situation, but at this point more stringent mitigation efforts are now imminent.


Early voting is almost at 2016 levels in Minnesota

This is highly unusual for a non-presidential election.

How, when and where you can vote in Tuesday's mid-terms

A quick guide to exercising your democratic right on Nov. 6.

What can you do if you voted early and your candidate has dropped out?

Three Democratic candidates dropped out following the New Hampshire primary.

A Minnesota House race was decided by just 4 votes

That, and more interesting results from Tuesday's elections.

Of the 10 districts with the highest voter turnout, 3 were in MN

Minnesota once again had the highest turnout of any state in November's mid-terms.

RECAP: Minnesota primary election results 2018

The latest updates as tens of thousands of votes are counted.

Yes, voters can use mortgage docs as proof of address

Some election judges took issue when voters tried to cast their ballot on Tuesday.