Updated October 25, 2021: It’s not too late to cast an absentee ballot, but you’re your best bet is to head straight to the Nicollet County Public Services Department at the Government Center (501 South Minnesota Avenue). They are open for absentee voting during regular business hours through Friday, October 29th; will have special hours for absentee voting on Saturday, October 30th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; and then one last chance to vote absentee until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 1st. Voters will need to fill out an absentee ballot application which can be obtained either from the Public Services Office or online at Absentee Ballot Application. All absentee ballots must be received by the Public Services Office by 3:00 p.m. on Election Day or the ballots won’t be counted. (Note….Election Judges are not allowed to accept absentee ballots at the polling place. To be counted all absentee ballots must be returned to Nicollet County by the deadline.)
You can vote by absentee ballot if you would like to vote early, avoid your polling place or are unable to vote in person. The process is safe, secure and has been used across Minnesota for decades.
The easiest way to vote by absentee ballot is to do so in person before the election. Absentee ballots are available from the Nicollet Property Services Manager/County Auditor’s office at the Courthouse (501 South Minnesota Avenue - second floor). Ballots are usually available 46 days prior to Election Day.
Can’t get to the Government Center? It’s just as easy to apply online at the Secretary of State’s website at https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/ABRegistration/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx.
Online applicants will receive their ballot in the mail and you won’t even have to leave your house to vote.
Obtain a Ballot
To obtain an absentee ballot, you must first complete an Absentee Ballot Application and return it to the County Property Services Manager. If you are presenting the application in person and ballots are available, you may complete your absentee ballot at that time. If the application was submitted online or by mail, or ballots are not available, your ballot will be sent to you by mail as soon as ballots are available. The mailed ballot will contain a postage paid return envelope for return of your voted ballot.
The Secretary of State’s office has also set up a special website to help military and overseas voters vote by absentee ballot.