Any eligible voter can vote early by using an absentee ballot, instead of voting in person at the polling place on Election Day. Voters can vote absentee by mail, in person, or by having a person you know pick up and deliver your ballot for you. Any eligible voter may vote absentee, a reason is no longer needed.
Absentee ballots are available 46 days before each regularly scheduled election. For 2018, ballots will be available starting June 29th for the Primary Election (August 14); and September 21 for the General Election (November 6).
Please call Washington County Elections Office at 651-430-6175 if you have questions or for more information.
You may apply online for an absentee ballot through the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office. Click the following link for that option:
You may vote absentee in person for the upcoming Statewide Even-year Elections at any of the following Washington County Locations:
- Cottage Grove Service Center, 13000 Ravine Parkway S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016
- Forest Lake Service Center, 19955 Forest Road N, Forest Lake, MN 55025
- Woodbury Service Center, 2150 Radio Drive, Woodbury, MN 55125
- Washington County Government Center, 14949 62nd St N, Stillwater, MN 55082
Absentee voting hours are Monday through Friday 8AM to 4:30PM. In addition, on the Saturday before the election from 10AM until 3PM and on the Monday before the election from 8AM until 5PM.
Absentee voters are encouraged to vote at the beginning of the period for absentee voting. Absentee voters waiting to vote the last week of the absentee voting period may experience long lines and the potential for a long wait.
Apply early so you can mail back or deliver your absentee ballot before Election Day. You are not allowed to drop off your ballot at your precinct or any of the above Washington County locations on Election Day. If you are in Washington County on Election Day you need to go to your polling place to cast your ballot.
Plan ahead: Your absentee ballot must be received through the mail at Washington County by 3PM on Election Day. You may call, write, or fax to request an application. You can return your application by fax, but not your ballot.
If you are in the military or outside the United States, you vote based on where you last lived in Minnesota. Your parent, spouse, brother, sister, or adult child may apply for you. Make sure to apply early.
To print a copy of an absentee ballot application, please click on the link below:
Absentee Ballot Application (2014 Primary and General Election)
Request for Agent Delivery of Absentee Ballot
During the seven days preceding an election and until 2PM on election day, an eligible voter who is a patient of a health care facility; a resident in a Residential facility, shelter for battered women, or assisted living facility; or an individual who would have difficulty getting to the polls because of incapacitating health reasons or have a disability may designate an agent to deliver the ballots to the voter from the county auditor or municipal clerk. The request for agent delivery form is available below:
Absentee Ballot for Military and Overseas Voters
The following information and form apply to persons who are members of the Uniformed Services and their dependents who are also U.S. citizens and residents of Minnesota:
The Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office now has an online absentee ballot application for persons who are members of the Uniformed Services and their dependents who are U.S. citizens and residents of Minnesota. Please click the link below if you would like to apply for an absentee ballot: