Absentee Voting / Direct Balloting

Vote by Absentee Ballot

In Minnesota, you can vote early with an absentee ballot starting 46 days before Election Day. 

* In Person - visit any of the following locations:

Dakota County Western Service Center
14955 Galaxie Ave, Apple Valley

Dakota County Northern Service Center
1 Mendota Road, West St. Paul

Dakota County Administration Center
1590 Highway 55, Hastings

Farmington City Hall - please arrive no later than 4:15 p.m.
430 Third St, Farmington

* Voters may also download an Absentee Ballot Application (choose below) and return via mail, email or fax:
Absentee Ballot Application for Presidential Nomination Primary Only
Absentee Ballot Application for State Primary and General Election

* Mail application to:
Dakota County Administration Center
1590 Highway 55, Suite 2300, Hastings, MN 55033

* Email application to: [email protected]
* Fax application to: 651-438-4391


* Online - apply for an Absentee Ballot online by visiting: Minnesota Absentee Ballot Request - MNVotes.


Absentee ballots must be returned no later than 8 p.m. on election night.


Direct Balloting: 
During the final 18 days before Election Day, voters who vote in person are allowed to place their ballots directly into the ballot counter instead of sealing them in envelopes for later processing. This allows a voter to watch as their ballot is tabulated and to be made aware of any errors the ballot counter may detect as the ballot is processed.

For more information on voter registration or absentee voting, contact:

Shirley Buecksler, City Clerk
651-280-6803

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