New Ruling Changes Ballot Due Date

New Ruling Changes Ballot Due Date
Posted on 10/30/2020

A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday evening that ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3) must be set aside and could face legal challenges that would result in them not being counted.

Previously, guidance from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s office said that ballots must be postmarked by Election Day and received by Nov. 10.

To ensure your ballot is counted, if you have not already mailed your ballot, we advise you to drop it off or vote in person instead.

IF YOU HAVEN’T RETURNED YOUR BALLOT
If your ballot is still in your possession, you are urged to drop it off. Note that if you're dropping off a ballot, it must be received by 3 p.m. on Election Day or it will not be counted. Ballots CANNOT be dropped off to precinct locations on Election Day.

New Hope City Hall Drop Off
Ballots may be dropped off at New Hope City Hall to election staff at the main information counter. New Hope ballot drop-off hours are:

  • Friday, Oct. 30: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 31: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 2: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hennepin County Drop Off
Hennepin County also offers two drop-off options: a drop box on the skyway level of Government Center and a drive-thru drop off at 625 South 4th Avenue (formerly the Thrivent Financial building). Hennepin County ballot drop-off hours are:

  • Friday, Oct. 30: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 31: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 1: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (drive-thru only)
  • Monday, Nov. 2: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Voters may drop off absentee ballots for up to three other voters.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU RECENTLY RETURNED YOUR BALLOT BY MAIL
If you recently put your ballot in the mail, check the status of your ballot at mnvotes.org. If your ballot has not yet been accepted, make a plan to vote in person either early or on Election Day. An election judge will confirm that your previously issued ballot has not been accepted and issue you a new ballot on the spot.

Vote Early In Person at New Hope City Hall
New Hope residents can vote early in person at New Hope City Hall (4401 Xylon Avenue North) during the following hours:

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

Vote Early In Person at the Hennepin County Government Center
All eligible voters in Hennepin County can vote early in person at the Government Center.
Government Center early in-person voting hours

  • Oct. 30: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Oct. 31: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Nov. 2: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vote on Election Day
If you are unable to vote early, you can also vote on Election Day. An election judge will confirm that your ballot has not yet been received and issue you a new ballot. Find your voting precinct on mnvotes.org