Absentee Voting


Absentee Voting means voting by mail or in-person before Election Day. Absentee ballots are available 46 days before an election. Any eligible voter may choose to vote by absentee ballot for any reason. Additionally, you do not have to be registered to vote to apply. If you are not registered, you will simply be sent voter registration materials in addition to a ballot.

2020 Absentee Voting Dates
Presidential Primary Election - Friday, January 17 - Monday, March 2

State Primary Election - Friday, June 26 - Monday, August 10
General Election - Friday, September 18 - Monday, November 2

Ways to Absentee Vote

1. Vote in-person at Columbia Heights City Hall

During regular hours: Monday - Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm

During the extended hours listed below:
Presidential Primary Election:

  • Saturday, February 29: 10 am - 3 pm
  • Monday, March 2: 8 am - 5 pm

State Primary Election:

  • Saturday, August 8: 10 am - 3 pm
  • Monday, August 10: 8 am - 5 pm

General Election:

  • Saturday, October 31: 10 am - 3 pm
  • Monday, November 2: 8 am - 5 pm

 2. Vote by mail
To have a ballot send to you in the mail, you will first need to request a ballot by filling out an absentee ballot application. There are 2 options to request a ballot.

  1. You may apply online at mnvotes.org

  2. You may download a copy of the Absentee Ballot Application (PDF) and return it to Anoka County by one of the following methods*:

    • Email: elections@co.anoka.mn.us
    • Mail: Anoka County Elections, 2100 3rd Avenue, Suite W130, Anoka, MN 55303
    • Fax: (763) 324-1160
*If you would like a paper copy of the Absentee Ballot Application to be sent to you by mail please call Anoka County Elections at (763) 324-1300 

Please Note: Your ballot will not count if it is received after election day. If you decide to vote absentee by mail, make sure to leave time for election officials to mail your ballot and for you to return it on or before Election Day.