How to Absentee Vote in Rosemount
Minnesota voters who are unable to get to their polling places on election day can still participate in our democracy and vote. Prior to a special, primary or general election, Minnesota voters may choose to vote absentee by mail, in person, or by using a designated agent. Under Minnesota law, voters do not need a reason to vote early.
Ballots for the 2020 General Election can be dropped off at City Hall during business hours or via a drop box located outside the Police Station.
Voting Absentee in Person
Rosemount City Hall
2875 145th Street West
Rosemount, MN 55068
- 46-day period before a primary or general election
- Monday - Friday during the normal business hours of 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
- Day before Election Day (until 5:00 pm)
- Last Saturday before Election Day (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)
What to Expect
Arrive at City Hall during one of the above-designated times. The election official will provide you with absentee ballot materials to complete, or you may complete an application online and have a ballot mailed to you. If you are not already registered to vote at your current address, you will need to fill out a voter registration application and show proof of residence. If you have moved since the last time you voted or if you have not voted in the last four years, you will need to re-register. If you prefer to vote at City Hall, please complete the absentee application prior to arrival.
New legislation in 2016 allows voters to deposit their ballot into a ballot counter for the seven days preceding Election Day. You may now choose to either deposit your ballot in the ballot counter or submit via the usual absentee ballot envelope during that time.
Early Voting is sort of a hybrid of the absentee ballot and the polling place, but is still considered voting absentee. The process is simple:
- Come to City Hall and get the absentee ballot application form.
- Complete the form, hand to election judge.
- Sign voter certificate and receive your ballot.
- Go to the voting booth and fill out your ballot.
- Insert your complete ballot in the machine.
Again, the normal absentee process with envelopes is still available during Early Voting. Simply let your Election Judge know you would like to take your ballot home. However, once you take your ballot home, you must have a witness sign it and return it in the postage paid envelope. Ballots must be returned to City Hall by 3 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.
Voters in the military and those residing outside the United States use a different process to vote absentee. If you are in the military or living overseas, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State's website for military and overseas voter services.
Absentee Ballot Lookup
The Absentee Ballot Lookup allows voters to track where their ballot is in the process and when it has been successfully counted. In addition, helpful links to additional voter resources such as county auditor contacts and a listing of candidates appearing on voters' ballots is also provided. The Absentee Ballot Lookup can be accessed at https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/AbsenteeBallotStatus.aspx.