Elections

Our Elections office has moved

We are now located at:

2122 Campus Dr. SE Suite 300
Rochester, MN 55904

College View Road is under construction. Currently, you can reach the Elections office from the west. From College View, turn left onto Campus Drive and follow Campus Drive to building 2122. 

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Election Dates

  • Primary Election: Tuesday, August 11, 2020
    • Absentee Voting takes place June 26 - August 10, 2020
  • General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
    • Absentee Voting takes place September 18 - November 2, 2020
  • 2018 election results are provided by the Minnesota Secretary of State.

Eligibility to vote

You are eligible to vote in Minnesota if you:
  • Are at least 18 years or older
  • Are a citizen of the United States
  • Are a resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days before Election Day
  • Have the right to vote because, if you have been convicted of a felony, your felony sentence has expired (been completed) or you have discharged from your sentence
  • Are not under a guardianship in which the court order revokes the right to vote
  • Are not legally incompetent

Time off work to vote

Every employee who is eligible to vote in an election has the right to be absent from work for the purpose of voting during the morning of the day of that election, without penalty or deduction from salary or wages because of the absence.

Register to vote

Where to register:

In-person

Olmsted County Elections
2122 Campus Dr. SE Suite 300
Rochester MN, 55904

Online

Register at the polls
Go to the MNvotes.org website for registration requirements and a list of documents you can use as proof of residence on election day.

Check to see if you’re registered

Go to the MNvotes.org website to find out if you are registered to vote at your current address.

Absentee voting

The State of Minnesota has not changed its options for how you can participate in this election cycle. You can still vote early by absentee ballot (by mail or in-person) or vote in-person on Election Day.

If you choose to early absentee vote at Olmsted County Elections, we have moved to our new permanent location at 2122 Campus Dr. SE, Suite 300, Rochester, MN 55904. 

You may early absentee vote in any of the following ways prior to Election Day.

  1. Absentee by mail: Sign and return an absentee ballot request form as soon as you can to ensure you receive your ballot timely and your vote is counted on Election Day. You may also apply online at mnvotes.org. Your ballot will be sent via US Postal Service after the early absentee voting period begins. You may send your ballot back to us via mail or drop it off in person at the absentee voting office (2122 Campus Dr. SE, Suite 300, Rochester, MN). We've made additional arrangements to make the drop-off process quicker and safer.
  2. Absentee in-person: Vote in person at the Olmsted County Elections Office (2122 Campus Dr. SE, Rochester, MN). Completing an absentee application in advance will reduce your time in line but it is not required. Voting takes place from June 26 to August 10, 2020.
  3. Absentee in-person direct balloting: Takes place August 4 to August 10 (Primary Election) and October 27 to November 2 (General Election). Complete an absentee application and bring it to the Elections Office (2122 Campus Dr. SE, Rochester, MN) or the Government Center (151 4th St. SE, Rochester, MN) to vote in person. 


Where to vote on Election Day

The Minnesota Secretary of State provides a Polling Place Finder to help you find out where to vote. Simply select your city and enter your address to get started. Go to the Polling Place Finder.

Prior to most elections, the poll finder will also display what candidates and questions will be on your ballot and a sample ballot may also be available.

2020 Primary Ballot Special Instructions


View the 2020 Primary Ballot Special Instructions (330 KB). If you need this document in an alternate format, please contact the Elections office.