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:
- By mail, beginning 46 days before each election
- 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
- 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.
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
Requesting a Mail Ballot
To vote by mail, simply submit an application for an absentee ballot and one will be mailed to you with a return envelope, including return postage.
Request an absentee ballot online through the Office of the Secretary of State. You can also pick up an official absentee ballot application from the Olmsted County elections office within the Property Records and Licensing Department at the Government Center or from the City Clerk's Office in City Hall.
When available, Absentee Ballot Applications will be posted in multiple languages and available here to download and print off to submit in person, or via mail, email, or fax:
- English - Presidential Nomination Primary use only
- To request an application in an alternative format such as Braille, please call 1-877-600-8683
Return Ballot Requests to Olmsted County
Mail:Olmsted County Elections
1421 3rd Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904
Requests are taken year-round. Absentee ballots are available and will be mailed out beginning 46 days prior to a regularly scheduled election.
Not preregistered?That's not a problem. You can apply for an absentee ballot and you will receive voter registration materials with your ballot.
Follow the status of your absentee ballot
Use the Absentee Ballot Lookup to track your ballot. You can see when:
- your request has been received,
- a ballot is mailed to you,
- your ballot has been returned and accepted, and
- when your ballot is tabulated.
Deadline for returning absentee ballots on Election Day
Remember to request your absentee ballot at least 7 days before Election Day to allow yourself time to complete the absentee voting process.
- Absentee ballots returned by the United States Postal Service (USPS) or a commercial package delivery service (FedEx, UPS, etc.) must be received by the Olmsted County elections office by 8 p.m. Election Day.
- Absentee ballots returned to the Olmsted County Elections office by the voter or an agent of the voter (another person authorized by the voter to act on the voter's behalf-see Agent Delivery information) must be received by 3 p.m. on Election Day.
- On Election Day, voters who have not yet returned a requested absentee ballot may choose to go to the polls to vote, but CANNOT deliver an absentee ballot to a polling place.
What if I returned my ballot and want to change my vote?
You can spoil your ballot until the close of business one week before Election Day. After that time, you cannot spoil your ballot. To spoil your ballot, contact Olmsted County Elections. Your options are to have a new ballot mailed, vote early in-person, or vote at your polling place on Election Day.
On Election Day, you must vote at your assigned polling place based on the precinct where you live. All polling places are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Tips for using the Polling Place Finder
Enter your Zip Code – the zip code option narrows the list of streets more than selecting Olmsted County.
- Type in 5-digit zip code and click Go.
- Enter your residential house number. Don't press Enter or click Go until you select your street!
- Select street name from drop-down and click Go.
- View Polling Place information including:
- Ward and Precinct number
- Name and address of polling place
- Map options of polling place location
- Districts for your precinct, including maps of those precincts
- Sample Ballot for the precinct when available
If you have a question about this Polling Place Finder, contact the City Clerk's Office.
Rochester Polling Places
See a list of all polling locations in Rochester.
Three of the 52 precinct locations in Rochester have changed for 2020. Make sure to double-check your assigned polling place before heading out to cast your ballot on Election Day.