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 2020 elections:
- August 11 is the Primary Election, absentee voting beings June 26, 2020.
- November 3 is the General Election, absentee voting begins September 18, 2020.
Applications for Absentee Period
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.
You can complete an absentee ballot application (PDF) 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.
Please mail, email, or fax absentee ballot application to the local elections office:
Isanti County Elections
555 18th Avenue SW
Cambridge, MN 55008
Email Elections Office
Vote Absentee by Mail
You can complete and submit an online absentee application.
To complete this application online you must:
- Eligible to register and vote in Minnesota
- Provide an email address
- Provide your identification number (Minnesota-issued driver’s license, Minnesota ID card or last 4 digits of Social Security Number)
Instructions to Vote Absentee by Mail
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.
- 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 through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Last Saturday before Election Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- 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.