Eligible voters can vote early by using an absentee ballot, instead of voting in person at the polling place on Election Day. Voters can vote absentee by mail, in person, or by having a person you know pick up and deliver your ballot for you.
To be eligible to vote in Minnesota you must:
- be at least 18 years old on Election Day
- be a citizen of the United States
- have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
- have any felony conviction record discharged, expired or completed
- not be under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights
- not have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law
Absentee ballots are available 46 days before each regularly scheduled Election.
You may apply online for an absentee ballot through the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office.
If you voted by absentee ballot during the Statewide Even-year Elections you may check the status of your ballot online.
Requesting a ballot is a two-step process: you must complete an absentee ballot application; then you will receive a blank ballot to vote and return to us. You may vote absentee either by mail, in person or by agent delivery.In Person -
Note: The Chanhassen Service Center is NO LONGER an absentee voting location!!
You may vote in person by absentee ballot for the upcoming Statewide Even-year Elections. You may complete an absentee ballot application, receive your ballot and vote in person. In person absentee voting is available at the following locations:
Elections & Licensing Department (All Carver County ballot styles available)
Government Administration Building
600 East 4th Street
Chaska, MN 55318
Phone: (952) 361-1941
Fax: (952) 361-1566
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30
Waconia City Residents only:
Waconia City Hall
201 Vine St. S
Waconia, MN 55318
Phone: (952) 442-2184
Fax: (952) 442-2135
Hours: M-F 8:00-4:30
- Absentee voting hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. In addition, on the Saturday before the election from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM and on the Monday before the election from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
- Absentee voters are encouraged to vote at the beginning of the period for absentee voting. Absentee voters waiting to vote the last week of the absentee voting period may experience long lines and the potential for a long wait.
By Mail -
To have an absentee ballot application mailed or faxed to you, call the Elections & Licensing Department at 952-361-1910. Absentee ballot applications can be returned by either:
Mail: Carver County Elections
600 E. 4th Street
Chaska, MN 55318
- Apply early so you can mail back or deliver your absentee ballot before Election Day. You are not allowed to drop off your ballot at your precinct or the Carver County Government Center on Election Day. If you are in Carver County on Election Day you need to go to your polling place to cast your ballot.
- Plan ahead: Your absentee ballot must be received through the mail at Carver County by last mail delivery on Election Day. You may call, write, or fax to request an application. You can return your application by fax, but not your ballot.
- If you are in the military or outside the United States, you vote based on where you last lived in Minnesota. Your parent, spouse, brother, sister, or adult child may apply for you. Make sure to apply early. Please visit the Vote from Military or Abroad information section on the Secretary of State's website for the proper application or to apply online.
- If you are not a registered voter, you can still register and vote by absentee ballot. A voter registration application will be included with your absentee ballot materials. The completed application must be returned with your voted ballot. The voter registration application cannot be returned by separate mailing.
Request for Agent Delivery of Absentee Ballot -
- During the seven days preceding an election and until 2:00 PM on Election Day, an eligible voter who is a patient of a health care facility; a resident in a Residential facility, shelter for battered women, or assisted living facility; or an individual who would have difficulty getting to the polls because of incapacitating health reasons or have a disability may designate an agent to deliver the ballots to the voter from the county auditor or municipal clerk. The voted ballot materials must be delivered by the agent to Carver County Elections & Licensing Department by 3:00 PM on Election Day in order to be counted.
Please contact the Elections & Licensing Department at 952-361-1910 to determine if you qualify for agent delivery.
Absentee Ballot for Military and Overseas voters -
- Information for voters serving in the military, their dependents who are U.S. citizens and residents of MN, or U.S. citizens living abroad should visit the Secretary of State's website for more information and both the downloadable paper application as well as the option to apply online.