Yes, You Can Vote Now. Here's How.
Friday, September 18, 2020 7:15 AM

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Early voting is open in Ramsey County for the Nov. 3 elections. All eligible Minnesota residents can vote early in person or by mail. Unlike in the old days, you don’t need to provide a reason (or make up an excuse) to vote early.

Make sure you are registered
You can check your registration online. Also, clicking through this information lets you find out which candidates are on your ballot. If you are not registered (or if you have changed your name, changed your address or otherwise need to update your registration), you can do that online. To vote early, you must register by Tuesday Oct. 13. Otherwise, you must wait to register in person at your polling place on Election Day.

Vote in person
In Ramsey County, you can vote early at three locations:

  • The county elections office, 90 W. Plato (which is near Wabasha south of downtown Saint Paul). The office is open 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 30.
  • Ramsey County Library, Hamline and County Road B in Roseville. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 30.
  • New Brighton Community Center, 400 10th St. NW. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 30.

The county intends to add more early voting locations and additional hours in the week before Election Day.

Vote by mail
Once you are registered, you can request an absentee ballot. To make sure there is enough time to receive your ballot and return your ballot, the League of Women Voters recommends that you request your absentee ballot no later than Tuesday Oct. 20. (After you request your ballot, you can also track its progress: when it has been mailed, when it has been received, and when it has been counted.) For basic information on voting from home, download the flier in the right column.

Once you get your ballot, vote. Then put your ballot in the tan envelope, put that envelope in the white signature envelope, sign the outside of the signature envelope, get a witness to sign the signature envelope if necessary, then put the white signature envelope into the white mailing envelope. The mailing envelope is pre-paid and pre-addressed; you do not have to stick on a postage stamp.

Once you complete your ballot and do everything else, you can return the mailing envelope by mail or return it in person. To return it by mail, drop it in a mail box or take it to your local post office. Again, to make sure there is enough time, the League of Women Voters recommends that you mail back your ballot no later than Tuesday Oct. 27. (Legally, your ballot must be postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 3, and arrive at the Ramsey County Elections Office by Nov. 10.)

To return your absentee ballot in person, bring it to one of these nine locations in Ramsey County no later than Monday Nov. 2. Each location has different hours:

Bring your ballot inside, so an election official can verify that you are providing all the information they need. Do not place your ballot in a drop box, payment box, or book return.

After Oct. 27, it is legal for someone else to return your ballot for you, if they take it directly to the Ramsey County Elections Office. Here’s how to navigate the paperwork and other requirements to make that happen.

Vote on Election Day
Polls in Ramsey County are open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. You must vote at your local polling place. Find your voting location

Who is eligible to vote
In Minnesota, you can vote if you are:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years old on Nov. 3
  • A Minnesota resident for at least 20 days before Nov. 3

If you have a felony conviction, you can vote if your record is discharged, expired, or completed.

Who is on the ballot
In Saint Paul, the Nov. 3 ballot lists elections for U.S. President and Vice President; U.S. Senator and U.S. House of Representatives in Congress; State Senator and State Representative in the Minnesota Legislature; a special election for one seat on the Saint Paul School Board; Minnesota Supreme Court; multiple seats on the Minnesota Court of Appeals; and multiple seats on the 2nd Judicial Court.

Find out who is on the ballot where you live

Other election resources

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