How to Vote Safely

Voting can be difficult to get done in even the best circumstances. This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic, safety is a concern for many as they think about how to cast their vote. Here are some ideas for how to make sure you make your voice heard at the ballot box safely.

 

Regardless of your method, we suggest using the MN Secretary of State’s ballot tracker. It will tell you whether your ballot has been received and counted or not. Click here for the tracker.

 

Voting at Home

You can request a no-excuses-needed mail-in ballot here. Make sure you read the instructions carefully and complete all portions you need to so that the ballot counts. The first absentee ballots will be mailed out September 18.

 

Mailing it in

With concerns about the Post Office delivering ballots in time, we strongly suggest that you place your ballot in the mail no later than October 20. They MUST be postmarked by Election Day. If you’re not registered to vote currently, you must complete a voter registration application and send it in with your ballot. It should be enclosed with the ballot.

 

Dropping it off

To be sure your ballot makes it in time, or if you’re not able to mail it in time, you can also drop your ballot off at your county election center. This visit will be very brief and ensures that no issues arise with the counting of your ballot.

 

For Washington County:

  • Ballots can be dropped off at any of the five locations listed in "Absentee In-Person"

    • Hours: Monday - Friday, 8AM - 4:30PM, Saturday, Oct 31, 8AM - 3PM, Monday, Nov 2, 8AM - 5PM

    • Cottage Grove Service Center, 13000 Ravine Pkwy, Cottage Grove

    • Oakdale City Hall, 1584 Hadley Ave N, Oakdale

    • Headwaters Service Center, 19955 Forest Rd N, Forest Lake

    • Washington County Gov’t Center, 14949 62nd St N, Stillwater

    • Woodbury Central Park/RH Stafford Library, Lower Level, 8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury, MN 

  • On Election Day, November 3, voted absentee ballots can be dropped off at the Washington County Gov't Center before 3PM. (Cannot be dropped off at any polling place on Election Day.)

  • Ballots left in any drop boxes located outside county offices will not be accepted. 

 

For Dakota County:

 

  • Ballots can be dropped off at

    • Dakota County Administration Center, 1590 Highway 55, Hastings, MN  55033-2343

 

Voting Early at the Booth!

You can also choose to skip the lines and keep it safer by going to vote early. This will help all of us to be safer because it will decrease lines and space us all out. This will be available starting September 18.

 

For Washington County:

  • Hours: Monday - Friday, 8AM - 4:30PM, Saturday, Oct 31, 8AM - 3PM, Monday, Nov 2, 8AM - 5PM

  • Cottage Grove Service Center, 13000 Ravine Pkwy, Cottage Grove

  • Oakdale City Hall, 1584 Hadley Ave N, Oakdale

  • Headwaters Service Center, 19955 Forest Rd N, Forest Lake

  • Washington County Gov’t Center, 14949 62nd St N, Stillwater

  • Woodbury Central Park/RH Stafford Library, Lower Level, 8595 Central Park Place, Woodbury, MN 


 

For Dakota County:

  • Dakota County Administration Center, 1590 Highway 55, Hastings, MN  55033-2343

  • For just the 7 days before Election Day, Hastings City Hall, 101 4th St E, Hastings, MN 55033

Prepared and Paid for by the Committee to Elect Kelsey Waits Committee,  P.O. Box 234, Hastings, MN 55033