You can vote early by using an absentee ballot, instead of voting in person at the polling place on Election Day. You can vote absentee by mail, in person, or by having a person you know pick up and deliver your ballot for you. Any voter may vote absentee.
Absentee ballots are available during the 46 days prior to Election Day. To receive an absentee ballot, submit a signed application to the City Clerk’s office.
You may apply for an absentee ballot online at the Minnesota Secretary of State website, or download and print the Absentee Ballot Application (PDF) or pick one up at the City of Hopkins City Clerk’s Office in City Hall.
You may also visit the Secretary of State's website for information about absentee ballots.
Casting Your Absentee Ballot
You can cast your absentee ballot in two ways:
- Vote in person at Hopkins City Hall:
- During regular hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- During extended hours before Election Day:
- The Saturday before Election Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- The Monday before Election Day, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Submit your ballot by mail.
If you have a permanent disability, contact the City Clerk’s Office to learn about how to apply to receive an absentee ballot application on an ongoing basis.
Absentee Voting Overseas
There are special forms and procedures to make voting easier for Minnesotans who are serving in the military or are otherwise overseas. For more information visit Minnesota Overseas Vote Foundation or Federal Voting Assistance Program.
Absentee Ballot Status
The Minnesota Secretary of State’s website now allows you to verify the status of your absentee ballot.