Absentee Voting

Absentee Voting for the November 8, 2022 general election opens on September 23, 2022. To vote by mail, apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to you.

Where to Vote Early / Absentee In Person 

  • Check our Scott County Absentee Voting Locations (PDF) to find voting locations and hours.
  • All Scott County voters may vote absentee at our Public Works location. 
  • Voters who live within city limits may visit your local City Hall. 
  • Voters who live in a township and wish to vote absentee will need to visit the Public Works location, with the exception of Jackson and Louisville townships -- voters who live in these two townships are welcome to vote at Shakopee City Hall or at the Public Works facility.

Vote by Mail

First, apply to have an absentee ballot sent to you either online or in print:

Once you've received and completed your ballot, return it:

Questions & Requests

Please feel free to email us at scelections@co.scott.mn.us to ask a question or request an absentee ballot.

  1. Completing Your Ballot

After you receive the absentee ballot you applied for, follow the instructions that were included. Absentee ballots are mailed starting 46 days before election day.

There is more information on this page for how to vote absentee by mail or absentee in person.

Items you will receive

  • A ballot.
  • A tan ballot envelope.
  • A white signature envelope.
  • A voter registration application (for non-registered voters only).
  • A larger white return envelope.
  • Instructions for completing and returning your ballot.

Contact us if any of the above items are missing.

You will need...

  • A black ink pen.
  • Your Minnesota driver’s license or state ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number.
  • A witness who is registered to vote in Minnesota. This could be a spouse, a relative, a notary public, or someone with the authority to administer oaths.

Instructions for Registered voters

1. Follow the instructions on the ballot to vote.

  • Show your witness your blank ballot.
  • Do not write your name or ID number on the ballot.
  • Do not vote for more candidates than allowed. If you do, your votes for that office will not count.

2. Seal your ballot in the tan ballot envelope. Do not write on this envelope.

3. Put the tan envelope into the white signature envelope.

4. Fill out the white signature envelope.

  • Print your Minnesota driver’s license or state ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number — use the same number you used on your absentee ballot application.
  • Read and sign the oath.
  • Have your witness print their name and Minnesota street address (not a P.O. box), including the city, and sign their name.
  • Seal the envelope.

5. Put the white signature envelope into the larger white return envelope. This protects your private information.

6. Return your ballot by mail, or you or someone you choose can drop it off at your city or school district election office. See the Vote by mail, Vote in person or Vote by agent sections below. 

Instructions for Non-registered Voters

1. Fill out the voter registration application and sign it.

2. Show your witness your driver’s license or other authorized proof of where you live.

3. Show your witness your blank ballot.

4. Follow instruction on the ballot to vote. Mark your votes in private.

  • Do not write your name or ID number on the ballot.
  • Do not vote for more candidates than allowed. If you do, your votes for that office will not count.

5. Seal your ballot in the tan ballot envelope. Do not write on this envelope.

6. Put the tan envelope and the voter registration application into the white signature envelope.

7. Fill out the white signature envelope completely

  • Print your Minnesota driver’s license or state ID card number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number — use the same number you used on your absentee ballot application.
  • Read and sign the oath.
  • Have your witness indicate which proof you showed them, print their name and Minnesota street address (not a P.O. box), including the city, and sign their name.
  • Seal the envelope.

8. Put the white signature envelope into the larger white return envelope. This protects your private information.

9. Return your ballot by mail or you or someone else you choose can drop it off at your city or school district election office. See the Vote by mail, Vote in person or Vote by agent sections below. 

  1. Return Deadline
  1. Avoid Common Mistakes
  1. How Absentee Ballots are Counted
  1. Vote By Agent
  1. Military & Overseas Voters
  1. Frequently Asked Questions - Voting Absentee
  1. Frequently Asked Questions - Military & Overseas