Absentee Voting

NEW! for 2020 General Election

Absentee ballots must be received by 3 p.m. on Election Day to be counted. If you still need to return your ballot, drop it off as soon as possible. Drop-off options include in-person at Hopkins City Hall, and in-person and drive-thru ballot drop-off at the Hennepin County Downtown Office. 

See the Ballot Drop-Off section below for more details.


You can vote early by using an absentee ballot, instead of voting in-person at your 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 (this option is only available seven days before the election). Any voter may vote absentee.

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

For the General Election, 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., beginning Friday, September 18, through Friday, October 30
    • During extended hours before Election Day:
      • Saturday, October 31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
      • Monday, November 2, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Submit your ballot by mail:
    • NEW: For your ballot to count, it must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day (November 3, 2020).
    • You may also drop off your ballot envelope in-person at City Hall, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The deadline to drop off in-person at City Hall is Election Day at 3 p.m.

Ballot Drop-Off Information

Due to COVID-19, please return ballots by mail. If necessary, ballots may be returned in-person to Hopkins City Hall or the Hennepin County Downtown Office during absentee voting hours. Be prepared to follow COVID-19 policies, including wearing a face covering and staying six feet apart at all times.

You may drop off your ballot or ballots for up to three other voters. When returning ballots for someone else, you must show ID with your name and signature.

As a reminder, ballots cannot be dropped off at your polling place on Election Day.

Deadline to drop-off a ballot

Ballots must be dropped off by 3 p.m. on Election Day, November 3, 2020 at City Hall or at the Hennepin County downtown office. Listed below are the hours for both locations.

Hopkins City Hall is open for ballot drop-offs during the following hours:

  • Now through October 30: Monday though Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • October 31: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • November 2: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • November 3: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hennepin County Downtown Office has the availability for you to drop-off your ballot inside or at their new drive-thru during the following hours:

  • Now through October 23: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • October 24: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • October 26-30: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • October 31: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • NEW: November 1: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (drive-thru only)
  • November 2: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • November 3: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Inside drop-off at the Hennepin County Downtown Office:
You must wear a mask or face covering and stay 6 feet apart from others. Do not enter county buildings if you are sick.

  • 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis (Google map)
  • At the Elections office on the skyway level of the Hennepin County Government Center.

Drive-thru drop-off at the Hennepin County Downtown Office: 
Drive up, park and election staff will meet you at your vehicle. Staff will ask you a few questions and place your ballot in a secure ballot drop box. No need to leave your vehicle!Hennepin County Elections Drive-Thru Map

  • 625 South 4th Ave, Minneapolis
  • Drive-thru is located on 4th Ave S between 6th and 7th streets
  • The metered parking spaces have been converted into a drive-thru lane.
  • Hand your ballot to staff who will place your ballot in a secure ballot box.

Other Ballot Return Options

By express delivery service

Return an absentee ballots by express delivery service (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.) by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Address the delivery to:

Hennepin County Elections
Government Center
300 South 6th Street, MC 012
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0012

Absentee Ballot Status

The Minnesota Secretary of State’s website now allows you to verify the status of your absentee ballot.

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.