Absentee Voting

You can vote early by using an absentee ballot, instead of voting in person at the polling place on Election Day. You can vote absentee by mail or in person.

Absentee voting begins on January 17, 2020 for the Presidential Nomination Primary.  The Presidential Nomination Primary will be held on March 3, 2020. Only major political parties will participate; each party has its own ballot with only their candidates listed. You will be required to request only one party’s ballot when you vote, whether absentee or in-person at your polling place. Your ballot will only list nominees for President for the party you requested.  Please see additional information on what to expect for the Presidential Nomination Primary 

Where to vote for in person absentee voting

Northfield City Hall
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057

Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (must arrive by 4:15 pm)

Saturday, February 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (must arrive by 2:45 p.m.)

Monday, March 2, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (must arrive by 4:45 p.m.)

Additional locations

Additional absentee voting locations are available in both Rice County and Dakota County. The City of Northfield absentee location serves as the Northern Service Center for Rice County. In addition to ballots for all City of Northfield residents, ballots are available for all Rice County precincts.

What to expect

Arrive at the city offices during one of the above-designated times. Please be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes before the closing time so that you have time to complete the required paperwork and cast your vote. 

The election official will provide you with absentee ballot materials to complete. 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. See the Registering to Vote page for information about proof of residence.

Voting absentee by mail

Voters may have an absentee ballot mailed to them by requesting an absentee ballot for the Presidential Nomination Primary online or by completing the Presidential Nomination Primary paper application and returning it to your respective County:

Rice County Government Services Center
Auditor / Treasurer
320 NW Third Street
Faribault, MN 55021
507-332-6104 or 507-645-9576
Additional Information can be obtained from Rice County Elections.

Dakota County Administration Center
Attn: Elections
1590 Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033-2343
Additional Information can be obtained from Dakota County Elections.

Military / overseas absentee voting

Voters in the military and citizens living outside the United States use a different process to vote absentee. Voters serving in the military or those outside of the U.S. should visit the state’s Military and Overseas Voter Service to complete your absentee ballot request.

Return to the Elections & Voter Information home page for additional election information.