Elections

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

Election Results

Election results are provided by the Minnesota Secretary of State.

Tips for voting safely during COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, it is very important that voters adhere to health and safety recommendations provided by public health officials. To minimize transmission of the virus, keep these important tips in mind. 

  • Drop ballots off at the ballot box: If you wish to avoid crowds on Election Day and requested an absentee ballot by mail, you may complete the ballot and drop it off at the ballot box through 3 p.m. on November 3 at 2122 Campus Drive SE. 
  • Consider voting via an agent: If you would like someone (an “agent”) to pick up your ballot and turn it in for you (voting via agent delivery), please contact the Olmsted County Elections Office at 507-328-7650 for more information. You will have a form to fill out to send with your agent which gives them permission to pick up your ballot. The agent must pick up the ballot by 2 p.m. on November 3 and return the ballot by 3 p.m. on November 3 for it to be counted. 
  • Consider voting in person during the direct balloting period: If you wish to avoid crowds but want to vote in person, consider voting during the direct balloting period of October 27 through November 2 (at the Olmsted County Government Center or at 2122 Campus Drive SE). When voting in person, please wear a mask. Face coverings are required in all polling locations unless a voter is medically exempt. Please ensure you also adhere to hand hygiene and physical distancing guidelines (maintaining six feet of space between you and others). In-person voters are encouraged to consider voting at off-peak times, typically the mid-morning or early afternoon, on Election Day. 
  • Vote during off-peak times on Election Day: If you wish to avoid crowds but want to vote in person on Election Day on November 3, consider voting at off-peak times, typically the mid-morning or early afternoon. When voting in person, please wear a mask. Face coverings are required in all polling locations unless a voter is medically exempt. Please ensure you also adhere to hand hygiene and physical distancing guidelines (maintaining six feet of space between you and others).

If you wish to vote but you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are in quarantine, t’s recommended that you consider voting via agent delivery.

Election Dates

  • General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
    • Absentee Voting takes place September 18 - November 2, 2020
  • 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.

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.

Absentee Ballot Board

Absentee Ballot Board: Absentee Ballot Board starts on the first day of Absentee Voting, September 18, 2020. It takes place Monday-Friday starting at 1 PM. The Ballot Board is located at the Olmsted County Elections office 2122 Campus Dr. Se Suite 300 Rochester MN 55904.