Absentee Voting

Voting by Absentee Ballot

An eligible voter can vote by using an absentee ballot, instead of voting in person at the polling place on Election Day. You can vote absentee by mail or in person.

All absentee voting by mail or in-person starts 46 days before each election. The absentee periods for the 2018 elections are as follows:

  • August 14 Primary Election
  • June 29 - August 13
  • November 6 General Election
  • September 21 - November 5

Applications returned before the start of the absentee period will have their ballots sent out on the first day of the absentee period. After the start of the absentee period, ballots will be mailed out as soon as applications are received, typically within one business day.

Voters in the military and citizens living outside the United States use a different process to vote absentee.

Vote Absentee by Mail

  • You can complete and submit an online absentee application. To be complete this application online you must: be eligible to register and vote in Minnesota, be able to provide an email address, and provide your identification number (MN-issued driver’s license, Minnesota ID card or last 4 digits of Social Security Number)


  • You can complete an absentee ballot application and mail, fax or email it to your local elections office. You do not need to be registered to vote to request an absentee ballot. Election officials will mail the absentee ballot materials to you soon after receiving your application.
    • Mail to: Isanti County Elections, 555 18th Ave SW, Cambridge, MN 55008
    • Email to: elections@co.isanti.mn.us
    • Fax to: (763) 689-8210
  • Once you receive your ballot in the mail, follow the instructions carefully. You will need a witness to sign the absentee ballot signature envelope to confirm your ballot was delivered blank and that you marked the ballot in private.
    • If you are not registered to vote, a voter registration application will be included in the materials. You must show your witness an accepted proof of residence when registering.
  • Return the ballot on or before Election Day. Delivery options:
    • Mail it in the provided pre-paid envelope or by package delivery service. The ballot must arrive on or before Election Day.
    • Deliver it in-person to the office that sent the absentee ballot by 3 p.m. on Election Day.

Vote Absentee In-Person

You can request, receive and cast an absentee ballot in one visit to the Auditor-Treasurer's Office. Starting 46 days before the election, you can vote in person during these periods:

  • Monday – Friday (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
  • Last Saturday before Election Day (10 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
  • The day before Election Day until 5 p.m.

If you are not registered to vote, you will need to complete a voter registration form and show proof of residence at the elections office.

Track Your Absentee Ballot

You can track the progress of your absentee ballot with the absentee ballot lookup tool. If there is a problem with your ballot, election officials will send a replacement.