Multiple Ways To Vote In The Upcoming Election
September 28, 2020
There are multiple ways to vote in the upcoming Nov 3 General Election. Now is the time to plan if you’ll be voting by mail, in person, or in a different manner. The City is asking voters to adhere to health and safety guidelines set forth by the State of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Health, so expect longer wait times as social distancing measures will be taken and building capacity restrictions will be in place.
Absentee voting means voting by mail or in person before Election Day instead of at the polling place. Absentee ballots are available 46 days before an election.
To vote by mail, residents can go to mnvotes.org and apply online or print and complete an absentee ballot application and return it to Hennepin County Elections either by mail, email, or fax. Hennepin County will mail the ballot to you once the application is completed. Once you’ve received and completed your ballot, return it using the prepaid envelope that came with your ballot or in person at Golden Valley City Hall. For your ballot to count, remember this important information:
Read the instructions that come with your ballot carefully.
Your signature envelope might have a box for a witness to complete and sign. Due to COVID-19, there is no witness requirement for registered voters for the Nov 3, 2020 General Election. Non-registered voters will still need a witness, to indicate their proof of residence.
Mail the ballot and forms back right away after you finish. Your returned ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day (Nov 3, 2020) and received by your county within the next seven calendar days (Nov 10). You may also drop off your ballot envelope in person (see details below).
In special situations, you may ask an agent to pick up and return your ballot for you within the seven days preceding the election. To qualify, you must live in a nursing home, assisted living facility, residential treatment center, group home, battered women’s shelter, or be hospitalized or unable go to your polling place due to a disability.
Your agent must be 18 years old, have a pre-existing relationship with you, and cannot be a candidate. An individual cannot be an agent of more than three voters in an election.
Learn more at mnvotes.org.
Apply and vote at Golden Valley City Hall during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 am–4:30 pm) starting Sept 18, 2020. Direct balloting, where voters place completed ballots directly into the voting machine, begins Oct 27, 2020. Extended absentee voting hours are available the Saturday and Monday before the election (Oct 31, 10 am–3 pm, and Nov 2 until 5 pm).
Election Day Voting
- You will need to register if you have never voted.
- You will need to re-register if you have changed your name, moved to a different address, or if you have not voted in four years.
Preregistration for the General Election closes Oct 13 at 5 pm.
To register, complete a Minnesota Voter Registration Application by mail, in person, or online at mnvotes.org.
You may also register the day of the General Election at your polling place with required information to prove your residency. Visit mnvotes.org or the Golden Valley website for a list of requirements for same day registration.