Absentee (Early) Voting

To minimize direct contact with others due to COVID-19, all Minnesota voters are encouraged to request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 General Election. It’s easy, and voters have the option of returning the ballot through the mail or to New Hope City Hall (4401 Xylon Ave N) during regular business hours.

Absentee Voting by Mail

Minimize direct contact with others during the COVID-19 pandemic by voting absentee by mail. Apply to receive your absentee ballot – then mail it back or drop off your completed ballot at City Hall.

STEP 1: Apply for an Absentee Ballot

Apply Online
Apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to you. Complete the online absentee ballot application for the Nov. 3 General Election. Ballots will be mailed approximately Sept. 18.

Apply by Mail or Email:
Complete the absentee ballot application (PDF) and return it by email, mail or in-person to:
    Hennepin County Elections
    Government Center
    300 S 6th Street, MC 012
    Minneapolis, MN 55487-0012

    Email: hc.vote@hennepin.us

Application Deadline
We recommend you apply for a ballot as soon as possible (typical recommendation is at least 10 days before Election Day). This allows time for the ballot to be sent by mail and mail it back or drop it off.

STEP 2: Submit Your Ballot

Your ballot will be mailed to you with a postage-paid envelope for return – or you may drop off your absentee ballot at New Hope City Hall until 3 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 3). If dropping your ballot off in-person at City Hall, please proceed to the information desk to give your ballot to election staff. 

A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday, Oct. 29, that ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 3) must be set aside and could face legal challenges that would result in them not being counted. Previously, guidance from the MN Secretary or State's office said that ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by Nov. 10. All ballots should be received by Nov. 3 to ensure they are counted.

STEP 3: Track Your Ballot

You can track the status of your ballot and confirm that it was received at counted at mnvotes.org.

In-Person Absentee Voting at New Hope City Hall (Sept. 18 through Nov. 2)

Residents may absentee (early) vote in-person at New Hope City Hall.

  • Regular Hours: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Extended Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2

Absentee voting by direct ballot (feeding the ballot into the tabulator just like on Election Day) begins Oct. 27.

Other Absentee Ballot Services

Military and/or Overseas Voters

Absentee voting procedures are available for members of the military service (including spouses and dependents) and voters residing outside the United States. Voters are advised to allow plenty of time for this process.

Contact the Hennepin County Elections Office at 612.348.5151 for further information on this process. Also see the Minnesota Secretary of State's Military and Overseas Absentee Voting information.

Delivery of Absentee Ballots by Others

The following voters may authorize an agent to pick up and return their absentee ballots for them (only during the seven days prior to an election):

  • Patients in hospitals, residential treatment centers and nursing homes
  • Residents of group homes
  • Residents of domestic abuse shelters
  • Residents of assisted living facilities
  • Voters who are disabled
  • Voters who would have difficulty getting to the polls because of incapacitating health reasons

If you are currently living in a residential facility but not sure if it meets the qualifications listed above, please ask the administrator of your facility.

In order to have an agent deliver your ballot, you must complete the Request for Agent Delivery of Absentee Ballot Form (PDF) and the Absentee Ballot Application.

You must have a preexisting relationship with your agent. The agent will use the completed forms to pick up a ballot, bring the ballot to you, and return your completed ballot to the county auditor or city clerk. Each agent is only allowed to deliver and return ballots for a maximum of three voters. This activity may only occur the seven days preceding an election. Ballots can be picked up until 2 p.m. on Election Day, and completed ballots must be returned by 3 p.m. on Election Day.

Valerie Leone, 
City Clerk
4401 Xylon Avenue North
Phone: 763-531-5117