Contact Information

201 4th Street SE
Room 135
Rochester, MN 55904 (Map)

Phone: 507-328-2900
Fax: 507-328-2901
TDD: 507-328-2900

Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Department Contacts

Step 3 to Voting: Vote

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Cast your ballot when and where works for you

When you are ready to vote, you have choices. Decide when and how you will vote before Election Day arrives.

You have three choices to cast your ballot for the General Election:

  1. By mail, beginning 46 days before each election
  2. Early in-person, beginning 46 days before each election at the designated location in Olmsted County and beginning in 2020 at additional designated locations 7 days before each election
  3. On Election Day at your assigned polling place.

Think about which option will work best for you and make a plan to vote now. This will ensure you have plenty of time to request a mail ballot, or to make any necessary arrangements to get to an in-person early voting location or your polling place at a time that will work for you.

In-person Early Absentee Voting Locations 

All Rochester voters can vote at an Olmsted County Early Absentee Voting location during normal business hours beginning 46 days ahead of Election Day. As Election Day draws closer, both additional locations and extended hours will be available to make it easier to cast an early ballot in person.

Presidential Nomination Primary In-Person Early Voting Basics

In-Person Early Absentee Voting Location

4H Building at Graham Park
1508 Aune Dr SE, Rochester, MN 55904
On the east side of the Olmsted County Fairgrounds - enter off of 3rd Ave. SE.

Direct Balloting Pop Up Locations

In the final seven days before the March 3 Presidential Nomination Primary, direct balloting begins.

Direct Balloting means voters have the choice to insert their ballots directly into a ballot tabulator, instead of sealing them into an envelope to be processed and tabulated later. This moves the voting process even closer to what occurs on Election Day for voters, and allows an opportunity for voters to see their ballot being tabulated and to receive notification by the tabulator of errors that may have been made on the ballot.


In addition to the 4H Building, two additional pop up locations will be open for direct balloting, starting Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Olmsted County Government Center                         125Live
151 4th St SE                                                                 125 Elton Hills Dr NW
Conference Room 2                                                       Lower Level, entrance on the west side


Key Early Voting Dates

  • Friday, January 17: First day of In-Person Early Voting at 4H Building
    • Regular Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
    • Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - NO IN-PERSON EARLY VOTING
    • Monday, February 17: Presidents' Day - NO IN-PERSON EARLY VOTING
  • Tuesday, February 25: Direct Balloting begins and Pop Up locations open with identical hours at all locations 
    • Regular Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
    • Extended Hours
      • Tuesday, February 25 and Thursday, February 27: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
      • Saturday, February 29: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Monday, March 2: Last day of In-Person Early Voting at all 3 in-person voting locations
Note: Rochester voters may vote at any of early absentee voting or direct balloting locations, regardless of where they live in the City. On Election Day, voters must vote at their assigned polling place.