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Federal Election Deadlines

State Primary August 9, 2016 General Election November 8, 2016
Registration Received by August 9, 2016 Received by November 8, 2016
Ballot Request Received by August 9, 2016 Received by November 8, 2016
Ballot Return Received by 8 PM, August 9, 2016 Received by 8 PM, November 8, 2016

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

What is UOCAVA?

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act is commonly referred to as UOCAVA. UOCAVA citizens are U.S. citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marine, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their eligible family members and other U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. The law provides the legal basis for absentee voting requirements for federal offices.

What is the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)?

The FPCA (federal form SF 76) allows UOCAVA citizens to register to vote and request an absentee ballot. This form is also used to update your contact information.

What is the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?

The FWAB (federal form SF 186) serves as an emergency backup ballot for UOCAVA citizens. If you do not receive your absentee ballot from your State in time to return it to your election official to participate in the election, use the FWAB.

What is the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS)?

The DoD ETS allows you to email or fax your election materials toll-free. To email your election materials using ETS, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or online at FVAP.gov and email to ETS@FVAP.gov. To fax your election materials using ETS, use the cover sheet available in Chapter 1 or online 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 in the Appendix of the Voting Assistance Guide or online at FVAP.gov.

What is the Prepaid Mail Label 11- DoD?

Overseas Uniformed Service members can use this label for general election absentee ballots. It provides free express mail service to your election official for general election absentee ballots. You can request to have a Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to your absentee ballot at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). A portion of the label is kept by you for tracking your absentee ballot through the U.S. postal service.

What is a primary election?

A primary election is an election held before the general election to determine the candidates that can be placed on the general election ballot.

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

A U.S. citizen who has never resided in the U.S. and has a parent or legal guardian that was last domiciled in Minnesota is eligible to vote as a "federal voter" and may vote for federal offices only.

I am a National Guardsman activated on State orders; does my State afford me UOCAVA privileges?

Yes.

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/AbsenteeBallotStatus.aspx

Does my State have any online tools?

You can see if your State has any online tools available here:
http://www.fvap.gov/minnesota

Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

Under federal law, the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for a minimum of all federal elections in the current calendar year. Be sure to complete a new FPCA each year and every time your address changes.

Complete the following blocks of the FPCA

Block 1

Select the category that best describes you.

Block 2

Not required.

Block 3

Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.

Block 4

Your date of birth is required.

You must provide either a State issued ID 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

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you in order to accept your FPCA. If you want to receive your absentee ballot by email/online or fax, you must provide your email address or fax number.

Block 6

You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Rank your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot. If you do not make a selection, your ballot will be mailed to you.

Block 7

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Block 9 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Block 8

Enter your current mailing address, even if you are requesting your ballot by email/online or fax. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use Block 9 to provide this information.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist your election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

How and where to submit your FPCA

You can submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Mail your FPCA: Once your FPCA is complete, mail your FPCA directly to your election official.

E-Mail your FPCA: Scan the signed FPCA into your computer. Be sure to also include the Electronic Transmission Sheet. Email this package directly to your election official. You may also use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS) to email your FPCA. Information about ETS can be found in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Fax your FPCA: Fax your FPCA directly to your election official. Be sure to also include the Electronic Transmission Sheet. You may use the DoD Electronic Transmission Service (ETS) to fax your FPCA toll-free. Instructions for ETS are in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

To find out the status of your FPCA, contact your election official. Your election official will contact you if your FPCA is not accepted.

Voting your ballot

Once you receive your absentee ballot from your State it must be postmarked and returned according to the deadlines provided in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart. For special federal elections, visit FVAP.gov for specific deadlines.

The State absentee ballot must be mailed to your election official. The address of your election official can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section. Overseas Uniformed Service members can request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to the general election ballot. Additional information about this label can be found in the "Important Information" section.

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

You can use the FWAB to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register to vote, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.

U.S. citizens residing outside the United States whose return is not certain and U.S. citizens who have never resided in the United States can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal office.

All other UOCAVA voters can use the FWAB to vote in all elections for federal, State and local offices, including ballot measures.

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

Block 1

Check this box if you would like to register to vote and/or request an absentee ballot.

Block 2

Select the category that best describes you.

Block 3

Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.

Block 4

Your date of birth is required.

You must provide either a State issued ID 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

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you to accept your FWAB.

Block 6

Not required.

Block 7

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Block 9 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Block 8

Enter your current mailing address. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use Block 9 for this information.

Block 9

Provide any information that may assist the election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots, as well as the method in which you would like to receive your ballot.

Affirmation

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

Vote your FWAB

To vote, write in either a candidate's name or political party for each office. You are not required to make a selection for each and every contest.

How and where to submit your FWAB

The FWAB must be mailed to your election official. Addresses can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Mail your FWAB: Once your FWAB is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal the envelope. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope. Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/ Affirmation into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB directly to your election official. Overseas Uniformed Service members can request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to the general election ballot. Additional information about this label can be found in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

See the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart for the deadline for submitting the FWAB. If you receive the State absentee ballot after transmitting your voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State absentee ballot. If both are received by the deadline, only the State absentee ballot will be counted.

Local election offices for county

County Mailing Address
Aitkin Aitkin County Auditor
209 2nd St NW Rm 202
Aitkin, MN 56431-1292
Phone: (218) 927-7354
Fax: (218) 927-7324
Anoka Anoka County Elections
325 E Main St, Ste W130
Anoka, MN 55303-5031
Phone: (763) 323-5275
Fax: (763) 422-7526
Becker Becker County Courthouse
915 Lake Ave
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-3403
Phone: (218) 846-7311
Fax: (218) 846-7257
Beltrami Beltrami County Auditor
701 Minnesota Ave NW, Ste 220
Bemidji, MN 56601-3178
Phone: (218) 333-8476
Fax: (218) 333-4246
Benton Benton County Auditor-Treasurer's Office
531 Dewey St
Foley, MN 56329-0129
Phone: (320) 968-5027
Fax: (320) 968-5337
Big Stone Big Stone County Auditor
20 2nd St SE, Ste 103
Ortonville, MN 56278-1544
Phone: (320) 839-6366
Fax: (320) 839-6370
Blue Earth Blue Earth CountyGovernment Center
410 S 5th St
Mankato, MN 56002-3524
Phone: (507) 304-4341
Fax: (507) 304-4396
Brown Brown County Courthouse
14 South State St
New Ulm, MN 56073-0115
Phone: (507) 233-6614
Fax: (507) 359-1430
Carlton Courthouse
301 Walnut Ave
Carlton, MN 55718-0130
Phone: (218) 384-9127
Fax: (218) 384-9116
Carver Government Center - Administration Bldg
600 E Fourth St
Chaska, MN 55318-2102
Phone: (952) 361-1981
Fax: (952) 361-1919
Cass Cass County Courthouse
303 Minnesota Ave W
Walker, MN 56484-3000
Phone: (218) 547-7260
Fax: (218) 547-7278
Chippewa Chippewa County Courthouse
629 N 11Th St
Montevideo, MN 56265-1652
Phone: (320) 269-7447
Fax: (320) 269-7412
Chisago Chisago County Gov Center
313 N Main St, Rm 271
Center City, MN 55012-7656
Phone: (651) 213-8504
Fax: (651) 213-8510
Clay Clay County Courthouse
807 N 11th St
Moorhead, MN 56560-0280
Phone: (218) 299-5006
Fax: (218) 299-5195
Clearwater Clearwater County Auditor-Treasurer
213 Main Ave N, Dept 202
Bagley, MN 56621-8304
Phone: (218) 694-6520
Fax: (218) 694-6244
Cook Cook County Courthouse
411 W 2nd St
Grand Marais, MN 55604-1150
Phone: (218) 387-3642
Fax: (218) 387-3063
Cottonwood Cottonwood County Courthouse
900 3rd Ave
Windom, MN 56101-1645
Phone: (507) 831-1342
Fax: (507) 831-4553
Crow Wing Crow Wing County Auditor
326 Laurel St, Courthouse Ste 22
Brainerd, MN 56401-3590
Phone: (218) 824-1045
Fax: (218) 824-1301
Dakota Dakota County Elections
1590 Highway 55, Ste 2300
Hastings, MN 55033-2380
Phone: (651) 438-4305
Fax: (651) 438-4391
Dodge Dodge County Elections
721 Main Street N, Dept 45
Mantorville, MN 55955-2204
Phone: (507) 635-6233
Fax: (507) 635-6265
Douglas Douglas County Auditor/Treasurer
305 8th Ave W
Alexandria, MN 56308-1793
Phone: (320) 762-3077
Fax: (320) 762-2389
Faribault Faribault County Courthouse
415 N Main St
Blue Earth, MN 56013-0130
Phone: (507) 526-6212
Fax: (507) 526-6290
Fillmore Fillmore County Courthouse
101 Fillmore St
Preston, MN 55965-0466
Phone: (507) 765-4701
Fax: (507) 765-2662
Freeborn Freeborn County Government Center
411 S Broadway
Albert Lea, MN 56007-1147
Phone: (507) 377-5120
Fax: (507) 377-5175
Goodhue Goodhue County Government Center
509 W 5th St
Red Wing, MN 55066-0408
Phone: (651) 385-3032
Fax: (651) 385-3196
Grant Grant County Courthouse
10 2nd St NE
Elbow Lake, MN 56531-4400
Phone: (218) 685-8236
Fax: (218) 685-4521
Hennepin Hennepin County Gov't Center
300 S 6th St, PSL 012
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0012
Phone: (612) 348-5151
Fax: (612) 348-2151
Houston Houston County Courthouse
304 S Marshall St, Rm 116
Caledonia, MN 55921-1330
Phone: (507) 725-5803
Fax: (507) 725-2647
Hubbard Hubbard County Courthouse
301 Court Ave
Park Rapids, MN 56470-1483
Phone: (218) 732-3196
Fax: (218) 732-3645
Isanti Isanti County Auditor's Office
555 18th Ave SW
Cambridge, MN 55008-9386
Phone: (763) 689-1644
Fax: (763) 689-8210
Itasca Itasca County Courthouse
123 NE 4th St
Grand Rapids, MN 55744-2600
Phone: (218) 327-2849
Fax: (218) 327-7426
Jackson Jackson County Courthouse
405 4th St, PO Box 226
Jackson, MN 56143-1529
Phone: (507) 847-2763
Fax: (507) 847-4718
Kanabec Kanabec County Courthouse
18 N Vine St, Ste 261-A
Mora, MN 55051-1351
Phone: (320) 679-6430
Fax: (320) 679-6431
Kandiyohi Kandiyohi County Office Bldg
400 Benson Ave Sw
Willmar, MN 56201-0936
Phone: (320) 231-6202
Fax: (320) 231-6263
Kittson Kittson County Elections
410 5th St SE, Ste 214
Hallock, MN 56728-4141
Phone: (218) 843-2655
Fax: (218) 843-3432
Koochiching Koochiching County Courthouse
715 4th St
International Falls, MN 56649-2486
Phone: (218) 283-1112
Fax: (218) 283-1104
Lac Qui Parle Lac qui Parle County Auditor
600 6th St, Ste 6
Madison, MN 56256-1296
Phone: (320) 598-7444
Fax: (320) 598-3125
Lake Lake County Courthouse
601 3rd Ave
Two Harbors, MN 55616-1565
Phone: (218) 834-8473
Fax: (218) 834-8358
Lake of the Woods Lorene Hanson
206 8th Ave SE, Ste 260
Baudette, MN 56623-0808
Phone: (218) 634-2836
Fax: (218) 634-2509
Le Sueur Le Sueur County Courthouse
88 S Park Ave
Le Center, MN 56057-1600
Phone: (507) 357-2251
Fax: (507) 357-8628
Lincoln Lincoln County Courthouse
319 N Rebecca St
Ivanhoe, MN 56142-0029
Phone: (507) 694-1529
Fax: (507) 694-1198
Lyon Lyon County Government Center
607 W Main
Marshall, MN 56258-3099
Phone: (507) 537-6724
Fax: (507) 537-6091
Mahnomen Mahnomen County Courthouse
311 N Main St
Mahnomen, MN 56557-0379
Phone: (218) 935-5669
Fax: (218) 936-5656
Marshall Domita Mack
208 E Colvin Ave, Ste 10
Warren, MN 56762-1697
Phone: (218) 745-4960
Fax: (218) 745-4317
Martin Martin County Courthouse
201 Lake Ave
Fairmont, MN 56031-1852
Phone: (507) 238-3211
Fax: (507) 238-3259
McLeod Mcleod County
2391 Hennepin Ave N
Glencoe, MN 55336-2200
Phone: (320) 864-1203
Fax: (320) 864-3268
Meeker Meeker County Courthouse
325 Sibley Ave N
Litchfield, MN 55355-2189
Phone: (320) 693-5212
Fax: (320) 693-5217
Mille Lacs Mille Lacs County Courthouse
635 2nd St SE
Milaca, MN 56353-1396
Phone: (320) 983-8302
Fax: (320) 983-8336
Morrison Morrison County Courthouse
213 SE 1st Ave
Little Falls, MN 56345-3199
Phone: (320) 632-0132
Fax: (320) 632-0139
Mower Steve Reinartz Auditor-Treasurer
201 1st St NE Ste 7
Austin, MN 55912-3475
Phone: (507) 525-1192
Fax: (507) 434-2646
Murray Murray County Elections
2500 28th St
Slayton, MN 56172-0057
Phone: (507) 836-1153
Fax: (507) 836-6114
Nicollet Nicollet County Govt Center
501 S Minnesota Ave
Saint Peter, MN 56082-0089
Phone: (507) 934-7806
Fax: (507) 931-0856
Nobles Nobles County Auditor-Treasurer
315 10th St
Worthington, MN 56187-0757
Phone: (507) 295-5258
Fax: (507) 372-8390
Norman Norman County Courthouse
16 E 3rd Ave
Ada, MN 56510-0266
Phone: (218) 784-5471
Fax: (218) 784-4531
Olmsted Olmsted County Government Center
151 4th St SE
Rochester, MN 55904-3709
Phone: (507) 328-7650
Fax: (507) 328-7964
Otter Tail Otter Tail County Government Services Center
510 Fir Ave W
Fergus Falls, MN 56537-1364
Phone: (218) 998-8040
Fax: (218) 998-8042
Pennington Pennington County Courthouse
101 Main Ave N
Thief River Falls, MN 56701-0616
Phone: (218) 683-7000
Fax: (218) 683-7080
Pine Pine County Courthouse
635 Northridge Dr NW, Ste 240
Pine City, MN 55063-1694
Phone: (320) 591-1670
Fax: (320) 591-1671
Pipestone Pipestone County Courthouse
416 Hiawatha Ave S
Pipestone, MN 56164-0455
Phone: (507) 825-6740
Fax: (507) 825-6741
Polk Polk County Government Center
612 N Broadway, Ste 207
Crookston, MN 56716-1452
Phone: (218) 470-8362
Fax: (218) 281-3801
Pope Pope County Courthouse
130 E Minnesota Ave, Ste 218
Glenwood, MN 56334-4525
Phone: (320) 634-7706
Fax: (320) 634-3087
Ramsey Ramsey County Elections
90 W Plato Blvd, Ste 160
St. Paul, MN 55107
Phone: (651) 266-2171
Fax: (651) 266-2177
Red Lake Red Lake County Auditor
124 Langevin Ave
Red Lake Falls, MN 56750-0367
Phone: (218) 253-2598
Fax: (218) 253-4894
Redwood Redwood County Government Center
403 S Mill St
Redwood Falls, MN 56283-0130
Phone: (507) 637-4013
Fax: (507) 637-4072
Renville Renville County Courthouse
500 E Depue Ave, Ste 202
Olivia, MN 56277-1396
Phone: (320) 523-2071
Fax: (320) 523-3679
Rice Rice County Elections
320 3rd St NW
Fairbault, MN 55021-6141
Phone: (507) 332-6133
Fax: (507) 333-3754
Rock Rock County Courthouse
204 Brown St E
Luverne, MN 56156-0509
Phone: (507) 283-5060
Fax: (507) 283-1343
Roseau Roseau County Courthouse
606 5th Ave Sw, Rm 160
Roseau, MN 56751-1477
Phone: (218) 463-1282
Fax: (218) 463-4283
Scott Scott County Customer Service Department
200 Fourth Ave W
Shakopee, MN 55379
Phone: (952) 496-8161
Fax: (952) 496-8174
Sherburne Sherburne County Auditor
13880 Business Center Dr NW
Elk River, MN 55330
Phone: (763) 765-4351
Fax: (763) 765-4400
Sibley Sibley County Auditor
400 Court Ave
Gaylord, MN 55334-0171
Phone: (507) 237-4070
Fax: (507) 237-4073
St. Louis St. Louis County Auditor
100 N 5th Ave W, 214
Duluth, MN 55802-1293
Phone: (218) 726-2385
Fax: (218) 725-5060
Stearns Stearns County Administration Center
705 Courthouse Sq, Rm 148
Saint Cloud, MN 56303-4781
Phone: (320) 656-6384
Fax: (320) 656-3916
Steele Steele County Auditor
630 Florence Ave
Owatonna, MN 55060-0890
Phone: (507) 444-7410
Fax: (507) 444-7470
Stevens Stevens County Courthouse
400 Colorado Ave, Ste 303
Morris, MN 56267-0530
Phone: (320) 208-6570
Fax: (320) 589-2036
Swift Swift County Courthouse
301 14th St N
Benson, MN 56215-0288
Phone: (320) 843-4069
Fax: (320) 843-2275
Todd Todd County Historic Courthouse
215 1st Ave S, Ste 201
Long Prairie, MN 56347-1390
Phone: (320) 732-4414
Fax: (320) 732-4001
Traverse Traverse County Courthouse
702 2nd Ave N
Wheaton, MN 56296-0428
Phone: (320) 422-7740
Fax: (320) 563-1601
Wabasha Wabasha County Auditor/Treasurer
625 Jefferson Ave
Wabasha, MN 55981-1594
Phone: (651) 565-2648
Fax: (651) 565-2774
Wadena Wadena County Courthouse
415 S Jefferson St
Wadena, MN 56482-1595
Phone: (218) 631-7792
Fax: (218) 631-7652
Waseca Waseca County Courthouse
307 N State St
Waseca, MN 56093-2993
Phone: (507) 835-0622
Fax: (507) 835-0633
Washington Washington County Government Center
14949 62nd St N - PO Box 6
Stillwater, MN 55082-0006
Phone: (651) 430-6175
Fax: (651) 430-6178
Watonwan Watonwan County Courthouse
710 2nd Ave S
Saint James, MN 56081-0518
Phone: (507) 375-1210
Fax: (507) 375-3547
Wilkin Wilkin County Courthouse
300 S 5th St
Breckenridge, MN 56520-0409
Phone: (218) 643-7165
Fax: (218) 643-7169
Winona Winona County Auditor-Treasurer
177 Main Str
Winona, MN 55987-3102
Phone: (507) 457-8830
Fax: (507) 454-9368
Wright Wright County Government Center
10 2nd St NW, Rm 230
Buffalo, MN 55313-1195
Phone: (763) 682-7692
Fax: (763) 682-7873
Yellow Medicine YMC Government Center
180 8th Ave
Granite Falls, MN 56241-1508
Phone: (320) 564-3132
Fax: (320) 564-0927