Voting by Absentee Ballot
- 46-day period before a primary, general or special election
- Monday - Friday during the normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
- Last Saturday before Election Day from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m
- Day before Election Day until 5:00 p.m.
- Rosemount City Hall, 2875 145th Street West, Rosemount, MN 55068
- Dakota County Offices:
- Western Service Center in Apple Valley
- Dakota County Administration Center in Hastings
- Northern Service Center in West St. Paul
To request a ballot, complete an Absentee Ballot Application and return the application in-person, by mail, email, or fax.
An absentee ballot can also be requested online for federal, state, and county elections only.
Absentee Ballot Status
The Absentee Ballot Lookup allows voters to track where their ballot is in the process and when it has been successfully counted. In addition, helpful links to additional voter resources such as county auditor contacts and a listing of candidates appearing on voters' ballots is also provided. The Absentee Ballot Lookup can be accessed at the Secretary of State website.
Vote by Direct Balloting
During the final 18 days before Election Day, voters who vote in person are allowed to place their ballots directly into a ballot counter instead of sealing them into 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.
Direct Balloting is available at the following locations:
- Dakota County Western Service Center, 14955 Galaxie Avenue, Apple Valley, MN 55124
- Dakota County Northern Service Center, 1 Mendota Road, West St. Paul, MN 55118
- Dakota County Administration Center, 1590 Highway 55, Hastings, MN 55033
Vote Absentee Using a Designated Agent
In the seven days preceding an election through 3:00 p.m. on election day, voters may ask a person they know to be their “designated agent” to pick up their ballot and bring it to them and return it. To be an agent, a person must be at least 18 years old, have a pre-existing relationship with the voter, and cannot be a candidate. No individual may be an agent of more than three voters in an election.
An agent may bring a ballot to a voter if the voter is one of the following:
You must complete a form to let local election officials know you that you have designated a person as your agent. To obtain a form, visit the Secretary of State’s website or call 651-215-1440 or 877-600-8683 (toll free).