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Absentee Voting Information
You can now request your mail ballots for the August and November elections. To minimize direct contact with others, the CDC encourages you to vote by mail. Apply online now.


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

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
City Offices will be closed Friday, July 3rd and Monday, September 7th.


During the extended hours listed below:

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

*Columbia Heights residents can also absentee vote 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 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 not post marked by election day and received after 2 days 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.