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Federal Election Deadlines

State Primary August 12, 2014 General Election November 4, 2014
Registration August 12, 2014 November 4, 2014
Ballot Request August 11, 2014 November 3, 2014
Ballot Return August 12, 2014 November 4, 2014

These are not mailing deadlines. Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times. Check the recommended mailing dates section in Chapter 1 for details.

Important information

How can I register to vote as a military or overseas voter?

Fill out and return the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to your local election office. This form allows election officials to identify you as a voter covered by UOCAVA (Federal law providing special protections). You may submit an absentee ballot request by mail, email or fax or online at https://minnesota.overseasvotefoundation.org.

What is my voting residence?

The place you consider your true, fixed and permanent home.

Do I need to claim a political party to vote in primary elections?

No.

How can I submit my FPCA?

You may submit your FPCA online at https://minnesota.overseasvotefoundation.org, or by mail, email or fax.

How often must I submit my FPCA?

The FPCA is good for all elections in a calendar year. Submit a new FPCA each calendar year or every time you move.

If I am currently registered to vote, how may I request an absentee ballot?

Fill out and return the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to your local election official.

How can I return my voted ballot or Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?

By mail, package delivery or diplomatic pouch.

What must I do to use the FWAB and can I use the FWAB to vote in State and local elections?

You may use the FWAB to vote any time before an election without having first submitted an FPCA. Uniformed Service members, their eligible family members and citizens overseas temporarily may use the FWAB to vote in Federal, State and local elections without having made a prior request for a ballot. Citizens overseas indefinitely who have no plans to return to Minnesota may use the FWAB to vote in primary or general elections for Federal office only.

I am an American citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S., can I register to vote in this State?

No.

Will I need a notary or witness for my FPCA or FWAB?

No.

Where can I find information about the candidates and/or other items that will be on my ballot?

Go to https://minnesota.overseasvotefoundation.org. The "What's On My Ballot" tool will provide the names of candidates and the local races in which you are eligible to vote and will help you automatically write in your choices.

Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and request an absentee ballot for all regularly scheduled elections in the calendar year in which it is submitted. Citizens overseas indefinitely who have no plans to return to Minnesota, will receive a ballot that contains Federal offices only.

Complete the following blocks of the FPCA

Block 1

Select the category that describes you.

Block 2

Not required.

Block 3

Name (Last, First, Middle).

Block 4

Date of birth.

Enter your valid Minnesota Driver's License number, State identification number, passport number, OR the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you do not have access to any of these numbers, leave this block blank.

Block 5

Recommended but not required. Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required.

Block 6

Minnesota allows you to receive your absentee ballot by email, mail or fax. Please rank your preference of how you would like to receive your absentee ballot. Provide your email address or fax number in Block 5. If you do not make a selection, then your local election official will mail your ballot to you.

Block 7

Complete street address of your Minnesota voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the county where you claim legal voting residence.

Block 8

Complete address where you want your ballot sent, usually where you live now.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this application.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness or notary required.

How and where to submit your FPCA

Minnesota allows you to submit the FPCA online at https://minnesota.overseasvotefoundation.org or by mail, email or fax.

If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to your local election office. Addresses can be found at the end of this section.

If you choose to email your FPCA, you must send the form as a signed, scanned attachment. Email directly to your local election office. Email addresses can be found on the following pages or at https://minnesota.overseasvotefoundation.org/.

If you choose to fax your FPCA, fax the form directly to your local election official. Fax numbers can be found at https://minnesota.overseasvotefoundation.org/. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service to fax your FPCA toll-free. To use the Electronic Tranmission Service, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or at FVAP.gov, and fax to (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527, or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. International toll-free numbers can be found on the inside of the back cover or at FVAP.gov.

To find out the status of your absentee ballot request, visit https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/AbsenteeBallotStatus.aspx/.

Your jurisdiction will contact you if your application is denied.

Voting your ballot

Voted ballots must be received by the last mail delivery on Election Day.

No witness or notary is required on voted ballots. Voted ballots must be returned by mail, package delivery service, or the diplomatic pouch at the U.S. embassy or consulate.

Overseas Uniformed Service members should request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DOD applied to their ballot materials at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). This label provides free express mail service to your local election official for voted ballots mailed on or before the general election date. You retain a portion of the label for tracking your ballot through the U.S. Postal Service.

Tracking your ballot

You may track the status of your ballot at https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/AbsenteeBallotStatus.aspx/.

Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

Minnesota allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for voting in all elections for Federal, State and local offices and as a request for absentee ballots at any subsequent elections held that calendar year. The FWAB serves as a voter registration in lieu of the voter's FPCA.

Complete the following blocks of the FWAB's voter declaration/affirmation

Block 1

Minnesota allows you to use this form for registration.

Block 2

Select the category that describes you.

Block 3

Name (Last, First, Middle).

Block 4

Date of birth.

Enter your valid Minnesota Driver's License number, the last four digits of your Social Security number passport number OR your State identification number. If you do not have access to any of these numbers, leave this block blank.

Block 5

Recommended but not required.

Provide your contact information to allow your local election official to follow up if more information is required.

Block 6

Not required.

Block 7

Complete street address of your Minnesota voting residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This address must be within the county where you claim legal voting residence.

Block 8

Enter your current mailing address.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist the local election official in accepting this ballot or application.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness or notary required.

Vote your FWAB

Uniformed Service members, their eligible family members and citizens overseas temporarily may use the FWAB in any election including Federal, State and local elections. Citizens overseas indefinitely who have no plans to return to Minnesota may use the FWAB to vote in primary or general elections for Federal office only.

To find out the races and candidates for which you can vote, go to [https://minnesota.overseasvotefoundation.org (https://minnesota.overseasvotefoundation.org). This will provide you with the names of candidates and the local races in which you are eligible to vote and will help you automatically write in your choices.

For each Federal office for which you vote, write in either a candidate's name or a political party designation. For State and local offices, write in the candidate's name (political party designation is not sufficient for State and local offices).

Once the ballot is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope.

How and where to submit your FWAB

The deadlines for submitting the FWAB are the same as for State absentee ballots. If you receive the State ballot after submitting the voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State ballot. If both ballots are received by the deadline, only the State ballot will be counted.

Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB directly to your local election official.

Local election offices for county

If you cannot find information for your jurisdiction, please click on the LEO Search to find contact information.

County Mailing Address
Aitkin Aitkin County Auditor

Aitkin, MN 56431-1292
Phone: 218-937-7354 Fax: 218-927-7324
Anoka Anoka County Auditor

Anoka, MN 55303-2465
Phone: 763-323-5275 Fax: 763-422-7526
Becker Becker County Auditor

Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-3403
Phone: 218-846-7311 Fax: 218-846-7257
Beltrami Beltrami County Auditor

Bemidji, MN 56601-3178
Phone: 218-333-8476 Fax: 218-333-4246
Benton Benton County Auditor

Foley, MN 56329-0129
Phone: 320-968-5027 Fax: 320-968-5337
Big Stone Big Stone County Auditor

Ortonville, MN 56278-1544
Phone: 320-839-6368 Fax: 320-839-6370
Blue Earth Blue Earth County Auditor

Mankato, MN 56002-3524
Phone: 507-304-4341 Fax: 507-304-4396
Brown Brown County Auditor

New Ulm, MN 56073-0115
Phone: 507-359-7900 Fax: 507-359-1430
Carlton Carlton County Auditor

Carlton, MN 55718-0130
Phone: 218-384-4281 Fax: 218-384-9181
Carver Carver County Auditor

Chaska, MN 55318-2184
Phone: 952-361-1910 Fax: 952-361-1919
Cass Cass County Auditor

Walker, MN 56484-3000
Phone: 218-547-7275 Fax: 218-547-7278
Chippewa Chippewa County Auditor

Montevideo, MN 56265-1652
Phone: 320-269-7447 Fax: 320-2697412
Chisago Chisago County Auditor

Center City, MN 55012-9663
Phone: 651-213-8500 Fax: 651-213-8510
Clay Clay County Auditor

Moorhead, MN 56560-0280
Phone: 218-299-5006 Fax: 218-299-5195
Clearwater Clearwater County Auditor

Bagley, MN 56621-8304
Phone: 218-694-6520 Fax: 218-694-6244
Cook Cook County Auditor

Grand Marais, MN 55604-1150
Phone: 218-387-3642 Fax: 218-387-3043
Cottonwood Cottonwood County Auditor

Windom, MN 56101-1645
Phone: 507-831-1342 Fax: 507-831-4553
Crow Wing Crow Wing County Auditor

Brainerd, MN 56401-3590
Phone: 218-824-1045 Fax: 218-824-1046
Dakota Dakota County Auditor
1590 Highway 55, Suite 2300
Hastings, MN 55033-2380
Phone: 651-438-4305 Fax: 651-438-4391
Dodge Dodge County Auditor

Mantorville, MN 55955-2200
Phone: 507-635-6230 Fax: 507-635-6235
Douglas Douglas County Auditor

Alexandria, MN 56308-1793
Phone: 320-762-2381 Fax: 320-762-2389
Faribault Faribault County Auditor

Blue Earth, MN 56013-0130
Phone: 507-526-6211 Fax: 507-526-6227
Fillmore Fillmore County Auditor

Preston, MN 55965-0466
Phone: 507-765-2667 Fax: 507-765-2662
Freeborn Freeborn County Auditor

Albert Lea, MN 56007-1147
Phone: 507-377-5266 Fax: 507-377-5175
Goodhue Goodhue County Auditor

Red Wing, MN 55066-0408
Phone: 651-385-3032 Fax: 651-385-3196
Grant Grant County Auditor

Elbow Lake, MN 56531-4300
Phone: 218-685-4520 Fax: 218-685-4521
Hennepin Hennepin County Auditor

Minneapolis, MN 55487-0060
Phone: 612-596-7152 Fax: 612-348-2151
Houston Houston County Auditor

Caledonia, MN 55921-1330
Phone: 507-725-5803 Fax: 507-725-2647
Hubbard Hubbard County Auditor

Park Rapids, MN 56470-1483
Phone: 218-732-3196 Fax: 218-732-3645
Isanti Isanti County Auditor

Cambridge, MN 55008-9386
Phone: 763-689-1644 Fax: 763-689-8210
Itasca Itasca County Auditor

Grand Rapids, MN 55744-2600
Phone: 218-327-2860 Fax: 218-327-7426
Jackson Jackson County Auditor

Jackson, MN 56143-1529
Phone: 507-847-2763 Fax: 507-847-4718
Kanabec Kanabec County Auditor

Mora, MN 55051-1386
Phone: 320-679-6430 Fax: 320-679-6431
Kandiyohi Kandiyohi County Auditor

Willmar, MN 56201-0936
Phone: 320-231-6202 Fax: 320-231-6263
Kittson Kittson County Auditor

Hallock, MN 56728-4141
Phone: 218-843-2655 Fax: 218-843-2656
Koochiching Koochiching County Auditor

International Falls, MN 56649-2486
Phone: 218-283-1101 Fax: 218-283-1104
Lac Qui Parle Lac Qui Parle County Auditor

Madison, MN 56256-1296
Phone: 320-598-7444 Fax: 320-598-3125
Lake Lake County Auditor

Two Harbors, MN 55616-1565
Phone: 218-834-8315 Fax: 218-834-8358
Lake of the Woods Lake of the Woods Auditor

Baudette, MN 56623-0808
Phone: 218-634-2836 Fax: 218-634-2509
Le Sueur Le Sueur Auditor

Le Center, MN 56057-1600
Phone: 507-357-2251 Fax: 507-357-6375
Lincoln Lincoln County Auditor

Ivanhoe, MN 56142-0029
Phone: 507-694-1529 Fax: 507-694-1198
Lyon Lyon County Auditor

Marshall, MN 56258-3099
Phone: 507-537-6724 x104 Fax: 507-537-6091
Mahnomen Mahnomen County Auditor

Mahnomen, MN 56557-0379
Phone: 218-935-5669 Fax: 218-936-5656
Marshall Marshall County Auditor

Warren, MN 56762-1697
Phone: 218-745-4851 Fax: 218-745-5089
Martin Martin County Auditor

Fairmont, MN 56031-1852
Phone: 507-238-3272 Fax: 507-238-3259
McLeod McLeod County Auditor

Glencoe, MN 55336-2200
Phone: 320-864-1260 Fax: 320-864-1295
Meeker Meeker County Auditor

Litchfield, MN 55355-2189
Phone: 320-693-5212 Fax: 320-693-5217
Mille Lacs Mille Lacs County Auditor

Milaca, MN 56353-1396
Phone: 320-983-8310 Fax: 320-983-8336
Morrison Morrison County Auditor

Little Falls, MN 56345-3199
Phone: 320-632-0132 Fax: 320-632-0139
Mower Mower County Auditor

Austin, MN 55912-3475
Phone: 507-437-9549 Fax: 507-434-2646
Murray Murray County Auditor

Slayton, MN 56172-0057
Phone: 507-836-6148 Fax: 507-836-6114
Nicollet Nicollet County Auditor

Saint Peter, MN 56082-0089
Phone: 507-934-0348 Fax: 507-931-0856
Nobles Nobles County Auditor

Worthington, MN 56187-0757
Phone: 507-372-8231 Fax: 507-372-8390
Norman Norman County Auditor

Ada, MN 56510-0266
Phone: 218-784-5471 Fax: 218-784-4531
Olmsted Olmsted County Auditor

Rochester, MN 55904-3709
Phone: 507-328-7697 Fax: 507-328-7964
Otter Tail Otter Tail County Auditor

Fergus Falls, MN 56537-1364
Phone: 218-998-8040 Fax: 218-998-8042
Pennington Pennington County Auditor

Thief River Falls, MN 56701-0616
Phone: 218-683-7000 Fax: 218-683-7026
Pine Pine County Auditor

Pine City, MN 55063-1694
Phone: 320-629-5628 Fax: 320-591-1671
Pipestone Pipestone County Auditor

Pipestone, MN 56164-0455
Phone: 507-825-6740 Fax: 507-825-6741
Polk Polk County Taxpayers Service Center

Crookston, MN 56716-1452
Phone: 218-281-2554 Fax: 218-281-3801
Pope Pope County Auditor

Glenwood, MN 56334-1628
Phone: 320-634-5705 Fax: 320-634-3087
Ramsey Ramsey County Auditor
P.O. Box 64098
St. Paul, MN 55164-0098
Phone: 651-266-2171 Fax: 651-266-2177
Red Lake Red Lake County Auditor

Red Lake Falls, MN 56750-0367
Phone: 218-253-2598 Fax: 218-253-4894
Redwood Redwood County Auditor

Redwood Falls, MN 56283-0130
Phone: 507-637-4013 Fax: 507-637-4072
Renville Renville County Auditor

Olivia, MN 56277-1396
Phone: 320-329-8366 Fax: 320-523-3679
Rice Rice County Auditor

Fairbault, MN 55021-6141
Phone: 507-332-6104 Fax: 507-333-3754
Rock Rock County Auditor

Luverne, MN 56156-0100
Phone: 507-283-5060 Fax: 507-283-1343
Roseau Roseau County Auditor
none
Roseau, MN 56751-1477
Phone: 218-463-1282 Fax: 218-463-4283
Scott Scott County Customer Service Department
Attn: Elections Department
Shakopee, MN 55379
Phone: 952-496-8161 Fax: 952-496-8174
Sherburne Sherburne County Auditor

Elk River, MN 55330-4601
Phone: 763-241-2867 Fax: 763-765-4400
Sibley Sibley County Auditor

Gaylord, MN 55334-0171
Phone: 507-237-4070 Fax: 507-237-4073
St. Louis St. Louis County Auditor

Duluth, MN 55802-1293
Phone: 218-726-2385 Fax: 218-725-5060
Stearns Stearns County Auditor

Saint Cloud, MN 56303-4781
Phone: 320-656-3920 Fax: 320-656-3916
Steele Steele County Auditor

Owatonna, MN 55060-0890
Phone: 507-451-7410 Fax: 507-444-7470
Stevens Stevens County Auditor

Morris, MN 56267-0530
Phone: 320-589-7409 Fax: 320-589-2036
Swift Swift County Auditor

Benson, MN 56215-0288
Phone: 320-843-4069 Fax: 320-843-2275
Todd Todd County Auditor

Long Prairie, MN 56347-1390
Phone: 320-732-4414 Fax: 320-732-4001
Traverse Traverse County Auditor

Wheaton, MN 56296-0428
Phone: 320-563-4242 Fax: 320-563-4424
Wabasha Wabasha County Auditor

Wabasha, MN 55981-1594
Phone: 651-565-2648 Fax: 651-565-2774
Wadena Wadena County Auditor

Wadena, MN 56482-1595
Phone: 218-631-7650 Fax: 218-631-7652
Waseca Waseca County Auditor

Waseca, MN 56093-2993
Phone: 507-835-0617 Fax: 507-835-0633
Washington Washington County Auditor

Stillwater, MN 55082-0006
Phone: 651-430-6175 Fax: 651-430-6178
Watonwan Watonwan County Auditor

Saint James, MN 56081-0518
Phone: 507-375-1214 Fax: 507-375-3547
Wilkin Wilkin County Auditor

Breckenridge, MN 56520-0409
Phone: 507-457-6320 Fax: 218-343-7169
Winona Winona County Auditor-Treasurer
177 Main St
Winona, MN 55987-3102
Phone: 507-457-8830 Fax: 507-457-6454
Wright Wright County Auditor

Buffalo, MN 55313-1195
Phone: 763-682-7578 Fax: 763-682-7873
Yellow Medicine Yellow Medicine County Auditor

Granite Falls, MN 56241-1367
Phone: 320-564-3132 Fax: 320-564-3670