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There is no difference. You have three options to choose from. You can vote early by mail, you can vote early in person or you can vote on Election Day at your polling place.
You cannot request a ballot for someone else. Each voter must submit a completed and signed absentee ballot application. The absentee ballot application is available on this website (PDF). Paper copies are also available at City Hall. The completed application can be mailed, emailed, faxed or delivered in person to City Hall.
You can apply for an absentee ballot any time. We will begin mailing ballots the week of September 14. Ballots will be available at City Hall for in-person voting on Friday, September 18.
Don’t procrastinate. We cannot speak for the U.S. Postal Service. Keep in mind that your ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day and received in our office no later than November 10 in order to be counted. The law was changed for the 2020 General Election allowing seven additional days for postal delivery of ballots due to COVID-19.
Minnesota law requires the completion of an application in order to receive an absentee ballot for early voting.
We will begin mailing ballots the week of September 14.
You can use a package delivery service, such as FedEx or UPS. Also, you can drop off ballots at City Hall for up to three persons. You will be asked to show identification and sign an agent delivery roster. We do not have a secure ballot drop box for after hours.
You should check with the delivery service you are using. There are options for next-day delivery with additional fees.
The deadline is 3 p.m. on Election Day.
Minnesota law allows absentee voters to deposit their ballots directly into the ballot counter beginning the 7th day before the election. (For this election, direct balloting starts October 27.)
Lakeville residents are served by three different post offices (Lakeville, Rosemount and Farmington). The City of Lakeville issues ballots only to Lakeville residents, regardless of which post office delivers their mail. Scott County residents should request an absentee ballot from the Scott County Government Center in Shakopee. Eureka Township residents should request a ballot from the Dakota County Government Center in Hastings.