Absentee Voting

Voting by Absentee Ballot

An eligible voter can vote by using an absentee ballot, instead of voting in person at the polling place on Election Day. You can vote absentee by mail or in person.

All absentee voting by mail or in-person starts 46 days before each election. 

Absentee Periods

The absentee periods for the 2018 elections:

  • August 14 is the Primary Election
  • June 29 through August 13
  • November 6 is the General Election
  • September 21 through November 5

Applications for Absentee Period

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, typically within one business day.

Voters in the military and citizens living outside the United States use a different process to vote absentee.

Application Submission

You can complete an absentee ballot application (PDF) and mail, fax or email it to your local elections office. You do not need to be registered to vote to request an absentee ballot. Election officials will mail the absentee ballot materials to you soon after receiving your application.

Please mail, email, or fax absentee ballot application to the local elections office:

Isanti County Elections
555 18th Avenue SW
Cambridge, MN 55008
Email Elections Office
Fax: 763-689-8210

Vote Absentee by Mail

You can complete and submit an online absentee application

To complete this application online you must: 

  • Eligible to register and vote in Minnesota
  • Provide an email address
  • Provide your identification number (Minnesota-issued driver’s license, Minnesota ID card or last 4 digits of Social Security Number)

Instructions to Vote Absentee by Mail

Once you receive your ballot in the mail, follow the instructions carefully. You will need a witness to sign the absentee ballot signature envelope to confirm your ballot was delivered blank and that you marked the ballot in private.

If you are not registered to vote, a voter registration application will be included in the materials. You must show your witness an accepted proof of residence when registering.

Return the ballot on or before Election Day. 

Delivery Options

  • Mail it in the provided pre-paid envelope or by package delivery service. The ballot must arrive on or before Election Day.
  • Deliver it in-person to the office that sent the absentee ballot by 3 p.m. on Election Day.

Vote Absentee In-Person

You can request, receive, and cast an absentee ballot in one visit to the Auditor-Treasurer's Office. Starting 46 days before the election, you can vote in person during these periods:

  • Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Last Saturday before Election Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Day before Election Day until 5 p.m.

If you are not registered to vote, you will need to complete a voter registration form and show proof of residence at the elections office.

Track Your Absentee Ballot

You can track the progress of your absentee ballot with the absentee ballot lookup tool. If there is a problem with your ballot, election officials will send a replacement.