Minnesota

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Federal Election Deadlines

State Primary August 12, 2014 General Election November 4, 2014
Registration Not required Not required
Ballot Request Not required Not required
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.

The best resource for military and overseas voters is the State of Minnesota Military and Overseas Voter Service website https://minnesota.overseasvotefoundation.org where you can learn more about registering, requesting and returning your absentee ballot.

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 in any Federal, State or local race any time before an election without having first submitted an FPCA. Go to http://minnesota.overseasvotefoundation.org and fill out the FWAB.
This site provides the names of candidates and the local races in which you are eligible to vote and will help you automatically write in your choices. Return the completed FWAB to your local election official.

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

Registration is not required. You must still complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to request an absentee ballot. The form registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for all regularly scheduled elections only for the calendar year in which it is submitted.

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 does not require voter registration. Do not check the registration block.

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

Vote for any Federal, State or local office in a general election. 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
Fax: 218-927-7324
Email: sally.huhta@co.aitkin.mn.us
Anoka Anoka County Auditor

Anoka, MN 55303-2465
Fax: 763-422-7526
Email: teri.mckusick@co.anoka.mn.us
Becker Becker County Auditor

Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-3403
Fax: 218-846-7257
Email: elections@co.becker.mn.us
Beltrami Beltrami County Auditor

Bemidji, MN 56601-3178
Fax: 218-333-4246
Email: danielle.kreene@co.beltrami.mn.us
Benton Benton County Auditor

Foley, MN 56329-0129
Fax: 320-968-5337
Email: elections@co.benton.mn.us
Big Stone Big Stone County Auditor

Ortonville, MN 56278-1544
Fax: 320-839-6370
Email: heather_h@co.big-stone.mn.us
Blue Earth Blue Earth County Auditor

Mankato, MN 56002-3524
Fax: 507-304-4396
Email: karen.myers@co-blue-earth.mn.us
Brown Brown County Auditor

New Ulm, MN 56073-0115
Fax: 507-359-1430
Email: marlin.helget@co.brown.mn.us
Carlton Carlton County Auditor

Carlton, MN 55718-0130
Fax: 218-384-9181
Email: paul.gassert@co.carlton.mn.us
Carver Carver County Auditor

Chaska, MN 55318-2184
Fax: 952-361-1919
Email: elections@co.carver.mn.us
Cass Cass County Auditor

Walker, MN 56484-3000
Fax: 218-547-7278
Email: shari.splichal@co.cass.mn.us
Chippewa Chippewa County Auditor

Montevideo, MN 56265-1652
Fax: 320-2697412
Email: jclauson@co.chippewa.mn.us
Chisago Chisago County Auditor

Center City, MN 55012-9663
Fax: 651-213-8510
Email: jlenges@co.chisago.mn.us
Clay Clay County Auditor

Moorhead, MN 56560-0280
Fax: 218-299-5195
Email: lori.johnson@co.clay.mn.us
Clearwater Clearwater County Auditor

Bagley, MN 56621-8304
Fax: 218-694-6244
Email: absentee.ballot@co.clearwater.mn.us
Cook Cook County Auditor

Grand Marais, MN 55604-1150
Fax: 218-387-3043
Email: elections@co.cook.mn.us
Cottonwood Cottonwood County Auditor

Windom, MN 56101-1645
Fax: 507-831-4553
Email: jan.h.johnson@co.cottonwood.mn.us
Crow Wing Crow Wing County Auditor

Brainerd, MN 56401-3590
Fax: 218-824-1046
Email: elections@crowwing.us
Dakota Dakota County Auditor
1590 Highway 55, Suite 2300
Hastings, MN 55033-2380
Fax: 651-438-4391
Email: elections@co.dakota.mn.us
Dodge Dodge County Auditor

Mantorville, MN 55955-2200
Fax: 507-635-6235
Email: sara.marquardt@co.dodge.mn.us
Douglas Douglas County Auditor

Alexandria, MN 56308-1793
Fax: 320-762-2389
Email: vicki.doehling@mail.co.douglas.mn.us
Faribault Faribault County Auditor

Blue Earth, MN 56013-0130
Fax: 507-526-6227
Email: liz.boettcher@co.faribault.mn.us
Fillmore Fillmore County Auditor

Preston, MN 55965-0466
Fax: 507-765-2662
Email: snewgard@co.fillmore.mn.us
Freeborn Freeborn County Auditor

Albert Lea, MN 56007-1147
Fax: 507-377-5175
Email: jaci.beaty@co.freeborn.mn.us
Goodhue Goodhue County Auditor

Red Wing, MN 55066-0408
Fax: 651-385-3196
Email: gc_election@co.goodhue.mn.us
Grant Grant County Auditor

Elbow Lake, MN 56531-4300
Fax: 218-685-4521
Email: linda.mickelson@co.grant.mn.us
Hennepin Hennepin County Auditor

Minneapolis, MN 55487-0060
Fax: 612-348-2151
Email: ts.vote.uocava@co.hennepin.mn.us
Houston Houston County Auditor

Caledonia, MN 55921-1330
Fax: 507-725-2647
Email: char.meiners@co.houston.mn.us
Hubbard Hubbard County Auditor

Park Rapids, MN 56470-1483
Fax: 218-732-3645
Email: kmiller@co.hubbard.mn.us
Isanti Isanti County Auditor

Cambridge, MN 55008-9386
Fax: 763-689-8210
Email: terry.treichel@co.isanti.mn.us
Itasca Itasca County Auditor

Grand Rapids, MN 55744-2600
Fax: 218-327-7426
Email: vicki.dabill-lessard@co.itasca.mn.us
Jackson Jackson County Auditor

Jackson, MN 56143-1529
Fax: 507-847-4718
Email: kevin.nordquist@co.jackson.mn.us
Kanabec Kanabec County Auditor

Mora, MN 55051-1386
Fax: 320-679-6431
Email: roberta.anderson@co.kanabec.mn.us
Kandiyohi Kandiyohi County Auditor

Willmar, MN 56201-0936
Fax: 320-231-6263
Email: cathy_p@co.kandiyohi.mn.us
Kittson Kittson County Auditor

Hallock, MN 56728-4141
Fax: 218-843-2656
Email: mgustafson@co.kittson.mn.us
Koochiching Koochiching County Auditor

International Falls, MN 56649-2486
Fax: 218-283-1104
Email: bob.peterson@co.koochiching.mn.us
Lac Qui Parle Lac Qui Parle County Auditor

Madison, MN 56256-1296
Fax: 320-598-3125
Email: eunice.mork@lqpco.com
Lake Lake County Auditor

Two Harbors, MN 55616-1565
Fax: 218-834-8358
Email: elections@co.lake.mn.us
Lake of the Woods Lake of the Woods Auditor

Baudette, MN 56623-0808
Fax: 218-634-2509
Email: darren_o@co.lakeofthewoods.mn.us
Le Sueur Le Sueur Auditor

Le Center, MN 56057-1600
Fax: 507-357-6375
Email: cblaschko@co.le-sueur.mn.us
Lincoln Lincoln County Auditor

Ivanhoe, MN 56142-0029
Fax: 507-694-1198
Email: kschreurs@co.lincoln.mn.us
Lyon Lyon County Auditor

Marshall, MN 56258-3099
Fax: 507-537-6091
Email: jodimerritt@co.lyon.mn.us
Mahnomen Mahnomen County Auditor

Mahnomen, MN 56557-0379
Fax: 218-936-5656
Email: missy.bjerk@co.mahnomen.mn.us
Marshall Marshall County Auditor

Warren, MN 56762-1697
Fax: 218-745-5089
Email: domita.taus@co.marshall.mn.us
Martin Martin County Auditor

Fairmont, MN 56031-1852
Fax: 507-238-3259
Email: james.forshee@co.martin.mn.us
McLeod McLeod County Auditor

Glencoe, MN 55336-2200
Fax: 320-864-1295
Email: jennifer.becker@co.mcleod.mn.us
Meeker Meeker County Auditor

Litchfield, MN 55355-2189
Fax: 320-693-5217
Email: barb.loch@co.meeker.mn.us
Mille Lacs Mille Lacs County Auditor

Milaca, MN 56353-1396
Fax: 320-983-8336
Email: phil.thompson@co.mille-lacs.mn.us
Morrison Morrison County Auditor

Little Falls, MN 56345-3199
Fax: 320-632-0139
Email: elections@co.morrison.mn.us
Mower Mower County Auditor

Austin, MN 55912-3475
Fax: 507-434-2646
Email: kathyg@co.mower.mn.us
Murray Murray County Auditor

Slayton, MN 56172-0057
Fax: 507-836-6114
Email: llang@co.murray.mn.us
Nicollet Nicollet County Auditor

Saint Peter, MN 56082-0089
Fax: 507-931-0856
Email: election@co.nicollet.mn.us
Nobles Nobles County Auditor

Worthington, MN 56187-0757
Fax: 507-372-8390
Email: dvogt@co.nobles.mn.us
Norman Norman County Auditor

Ada, MN 56510-0266
Fax: 218-784-4531
Email: tammy.kappes@co.norman.mn.us
Olmsted Olmsted County Auditor

Rochester, MN 55904-3709
Fax: 507-328-7964
Email: ness.miranda@co.olmstead.mn.us
Otter Tail Otter Tail County Auditor

Fergus Falls, MN 56537-1364
Fax: 218-998-8042
Email: vmanderu@co.ottertail.mn.us
Pennington Pennington County Auditor

Thief River Falls, MN 56701-0616
Fax: 218-683-7026
Email: amphilipp@co.pennington.mn.us
Pine Pine County Auditor

Pine City, MN 55063-1694
Fax: 320-591-1671
Email: cathy.clemmer@co.pine.mn.us
Pipestone Pipestone County Auditor

Pipestone, MN 56164-0455
Fax: 507-825-6741
Email: janet.bouman@co.pipestone.mn.us
Polk Polk County Taxpayers Service Center

Crookston, MN 56716-1452
Fax: 218-281-3801
Email: rebecca.halvorson@co.polk.mn.us
Pope Pope County Auditor

Glenwood, MN 56334-1628
Fax: 320-634-3087
Email: donna.quandt@co.pope.mn.us
Ramsey Ramsey County Auditor
P.O. Box 64098
St. Paul, MN 55164-0098
Fax: 651-266-2177
Email: elections@co.ramsey.mn.us
Red Lake Red Lake County Auditor

Red Lake Falls, MN 56750-0367
Fax: 218-253-4894
Email: raschmitz@co.red-lake.mn.us
Redwood Redwood County Auditor

Redwood Falls, MN 56283-0130
Fax: 507-637-4072
Email: jean_p@co.redwood.mn.us
Renville Renville County Auditor

Olivia, MN 56277-1396
Fax: 320-523-3679
Email: larry_j@co.renville.mn.us
Rice Rice County Auditor

Fairbault, MN 55021-6141
Fax: 507-332-5999
Email: rcelections@co.rice.mn.us
Rock Rock County Auditor

Luverne, MN 56156-0100
Fax: 507-283-1343
Email: ashley.kurtz@co.rock.mn.us
Roseau Roseau County Auditor
none
Roseau, MN 56751-1477
Fax: 218-463-4283
Email: martie@co.roseau.mn.us
Scott Scott County Customer Service Department
Attn: Elections Department
Shakopee, MN 55379
Fax: 952-496-8174
Email: scelections@co.scott.mn.us
Sherburne Sherburne County Auditor

Elk River, MN 55330-4601
Fax: 763-765-4400
Email: mary.mathison@co.sherburne.mn.us
Sibley Sibley County Auditor

Gaylord, MN 55334-0171
Fax: 507-237-4073
Email: elections@co.sibley.mn.us
St. Louis St. Louis County Auditor

Duluth, MN 55802-1293
Fax: 218-725-5060
Email: sweetl@stlouiscountymn.gov
Stearns Stearns County Auditor

Saint Cloud, MN 56303-4781
Fax: 320-656-3916
Email: nikki.lahr@co.stearns.mn.us
Steele Steele County Auditor

Owatonna, MN 55060-0890
Fax: 507-444-7470
Email: brenda.blood@co.steele.mn.us
Stevens Stevens County Auditor

Morris, MN 56267-0530
Fax: 320-589-2036
Email: debbiebrunko@co.stevens.mn.us
Swift Swift County Auditor

Benson, MN 56215-0288
Fax: 320-843-2275
Email: kim.saterbak@co.swift.mn.us
Todd Todd County Auditor

Long Prairie, MN 56347-1390
Fax: 320-732-4001
Email: jolene.sabrowsky@co.todd.mn.us
Traverse Traverse County Auditor

Wheaton, MN 56296-0428
Fax: 320-563-4424
Email: kit.johnson@co.traverse.mn.us
Wabasha Wabasha County Auditor

Wabasha, MN 55981-1594
Fax: 651-565-2774
Email: election@co.wabasha.mn.us
Wadena Wadena County Auditor

Wadena, MN 56482-1595
Fax: 218-631-7652
Email: rosalie.miller@co.wadena.mn.us
Waseca Waseca County Auditor

Waseca, MN 56093-2993
Fax: 507-835-0633
Email: robin.nelson@co.waseca.mn.us
Washington Washington County Auditor

Stillwater, MN 55082-0006
Fax: 651-430-6178
Email: elections@co.washington.mn.us
Watonwan Watonwan County Auditor

Saint James, MN 56081-0518
Fax: 507-375-3547
Email: don.kuhlman@co.watonwan.mn.us
Wilkin Wilkin County Auditor

Breckenridge, MN 56520-0409
Fax: 218-343-7169
Email: bconzemius@co.wilkin.mn.us
Winona Winona County Auditor-Treasurer
177 Main St
Winona, MN 55987-3102
Fax: 507-457-6454
Email: elections@co.winona.mn.us
Wright Wright County Auditor

Buffalo, MN 55313-1195
Fax: 763-682-7873
Email: gloria.gooler@co.wright.mn.us
Yellow Medicine Yellow Medicine County Auditor

Granite Falls, MN 56241-1367
Fax: 320-564-3670
Email: amy.redpenning@co.yellow-medicine.mn.us