***IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR VOTERS WITH AN ABSENTEE BALLOT**
A court ruling on October 29 now requires that absentee ballots must ARRIVE on Election Day in order to be counted. Any ballots that come in after Election Day will not be counted. If you still have an absentee ballot, please consider dropping it off at City Hall or at the Anoka County Government Center. Both locations will be open on Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm and on Monday until 5 pm. The deadline to drop off on Election Day is 3 pm. Otherwise you can vote early or vote at your polling place on Election Day.
Absentee Voting means voting by mail or in-person before Election Day. Any eligible voter may choose to vote by absentee ballot for any reason.
All absentee voting by mail or in-person starts 46 days before each election. Applications returned before the start of the absentee period will have their ballots sent out on the first day of the absentee period (Friday, September 18). After the start of the absentee period, ballots will be mailed out as soon as applications are received. Due to high volume for the 2020 elections, there may be longer delivery times. Please apply as early as possible to ensure prompt delivery.
You can now request your mail ballots for the November 3rd General Election. Apply online now.
Find out the Status of your Absentee or Mail-In Ballot.
>>>Click Here to Review Frequently Asked Questions for Absentee Voting by Mail<<<
2020 General Election Absentee Voting Dates
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:
*Saturday, October 31: 10 am - 3 pm
*Monday, November 2: 8 am - 5 pm
*Columbia Heights residents can also vote early in-person at the Anoka County Government Center for more information visit the Anoka County In-Person Absentee Voting webpage.
2. Vote by Mail
To have a ballot sent to you in the mail, you will first need to request a ballot by filling out an absentee ballot application. Applications returned before the start of the absentee period will have their ballots sent out on the first day of the absentee period (Friday, September 18). After the start of the absentee period, ballots will be mailed out as soon as applications are received.There are two options to request a ballot.
- You may apply online at mnvotes.org.
- You may download a copy of the Absentee Ballot Application (PDF) and return it to Anoka County by one of the following methods*:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail: Anoka County Elections, 2100 3rd Avenue, Suite W130, Anoka, MN 55303
- Fax: (763) 324-1160
3. Agent Delivery
Within the last 7 days prior to the election, voters in special situations can use the agent delivery process to vote absentee.
Returning your Mail-In Ballot
There are two ways to return your mail-in ballot.
1. Return it by mail.
Simply use the envelope provided (postage included). Please note for the 2020 General Election ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day (Tue Nov 3) and received within seven days after the election (Nov 10). **As of 10/29 this has changed, please see note at top of page**
2. Bring it to City Hall or the Anoka County Government Center.
Bring your ballot to City Hall (590 40th Ave NE) or the Anoka County Government Center (2100 3rd Avenue, Suite W130 during normal business hours. It must be brought in by 3 pm on Election Day. If you are returning someone else's ballot, you will need to sign a return log and show identification with name and signature. Ballots cannot be dropped off at your polling place on Election Day.
**Important Note: by court order, a witness is not required for registered voters for the November 2020 general election. A witness is still required for voters that are not already registered.