Voting Early In Person or By Mail

Application Information


Any eligible voter can vote early in person or by mail. The official name for this is voting by absentee ballot.

Some voters live in a mail ballot precinct where registered voters automatically receive a ballot. Other voters who wish to vote early must request an absentee ballot by completing an Absentee Ballot Application or they may vote early in person.

Absentee Ballot Applications and information may be found on the Secretary of State's website at MNVotes.org.

Military and overseas voters can also refer to the State's website for more information.

Absentee Ballot packets can be tracked from the point the voter submits the request/application to the point it is accepted by the county.  Track your absentee ballot here.


Returning Your Absentee Ballot


After a voter receives the absentee ballot packet, and the ballot is voted, the voter should return the voted ballot as soon as possible. The most important things to remember:
  • Follow the instructions provided in the mailing
  • Be sure all required information and signatures are provided
  • Be sure your ballot is received by the Blue Earth County Elections Office by the deadline for the election (see the instructions provided with the ballot packet for the election)  
Absentee ballot voters have three options for returning their voted ballots.
  1. Return postage is prepaid so a voter can mail the ballot to the Blue Earth County Elections Office. The return envelope is pre-addressed to the Blue Earth County Elections Office.
  2. Voted ballots may be dropped off by the voter. This can be done up to 3:00 pm on Election Day.
  3. Voted ballots may be dropped off by an agent of the voter. The agent must be at least 18 years old, must bring in a photo ID, and will complete a short form documenting the delivery of the ballot. This can be done up to 3:00 pm on Election Day. 
Blue Earth County ballots can be dropped off at four these locations during the times listed:
  • Now through November 3 at the Blue Earth County Historic Courthouse, 204 S 5th Street in Mankato
    • 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday
    • On October 31 (the Saturday before the election) from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • On November 2 (the Monday before the election) until 5:00 pm
    • On November 3 (Election Day) until 3:00 pm 
  • October 27 through November 2 at the Mankato Combined Voting Center (former MRCI building), 15 Map Drive in Mankato
    • 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday
    • On October 31 (the Saturday before the election) from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • On November 2 (the Monday before the election) until 5:00 pm 
  • October 13 through November 2 at the Lake Crystal City Hall, 100 E Robinson Street in Lake Crystal
    • 8:00 am to 4:00 Monday through Friday
  • October 13 through November 2 at the Mapleton City Hall at 104 2nd Avenue NE in Mapleton (available 8:00 am to 4:00 pm)

Voting Early In Person


All Blue Earth County voters may also vote early in person at these two locations:
  • Blue Earth County Historic Courthouse - 204 S 5th Street in Mankato
  • (Starting October 27) Mankato Combined Voting Center (former MRCI building) at 15 Map Drive in Mankato
In-Person early voting is available during the following times for the general election:
  • During normal office hours (8:00 am to 4:30 p.m.) beginning 46 days before the election
  • On October 31 (the Saturday before the election) from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • On November 2 (the Monday before the election) until 5:00 pm