Elections & Voting


  Other Ways to Vote

Absentee Ballots

Residents may vote by an absentee ballot by requesting one, completing it according to the enclosed instructions, and returning it in the envelopes provided. Absentee ballots must arrive by Election Day. 

For March Township elections, absentee ballots are available 30 days prior to the election day.  For all other elections, absentee ballots are available 46 days prior to the election day. 

Absentee ballots may be mailed to a voter, completed in person, or completed via agent delivery. Residents who are overseas or active military are also able to vote absentee.

  • Administration Center
    Attn: Elections
    1590 Highway 55
    Hastings, MN 55033-2343
  • Email scanned document to elections@co.dakota.mn.us  
  • Fax to 651-438-4391
  • Bringing application to a county or municipal office (with the exception of West St. Paul)

Mailed absentee ballots

Requested absentee ballots will be sent as quickly as possible. Initial mailings of absentee ballots for most elections take place 46 days before the election. Absentee ballots for March township elections will be sent 30 days before the election. Be sure to review the enclosed instructions, complete your absentee ballot, have a witness sign your signature envelope, and return it in the provided envelope by election day.

Agent delivery

In special situations, you may ask an agent to pick up and deliver your ballot materials in the seven days prior to an election day.  To qualify for agent delivery, you must meet one of the following:

  • Live in a nursing home, assisted living facility, residential treatment center, women's shelter or group home
  • Be hospitalized
  • Be unable to go to the polling place due to incapacitating health reasons or disability.

An agent must be over the age of 18, have a personal relationship to you, and cannot be a candidate on the ballot.

For more information and the appropriate forms, go to mnvotes.org.

If you’re not registered

If your registration is not current or complete, a voter registration application will be included with your absentee ballot materials.  The completed voter registration application must be returned with your voted ballot. 

Options for uniformed & overseas citizens

Dakota County voters who are overseas including those in the military, their spouses, or others may vote by absentee ballot using the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. For more information, go to the Minnesota Military and Overseas Voters (FPCA) website and complete the form online. Print out a copy of the form and send it to:

Administration Center
Attn: Elections
1590 Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033-2343

Military personnel, their families and citizens living outside the United States (including Canada and Mexico) may have application requests submitted by the voter, voter's parents, spouse, sibling or child over the age of 18 years.  Applications can be submitted in person at the Administration Center, Western Service Center and Northern Service Center.      

Additional voting information and resources for Americans living abroad can be found at the Administration Center or the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot.​​

2022 Early Voting Dates

PRIMARY ELECTION -August 9, 2022

First day to vote early in person: Friday, June 24

Last day to vote early in person: Monday, August 8


GENERAL ELECTION-November 8, 2022

First day to vote early in person: Friday, September 23

Last day to vote early in person: Monday, November 7

 How do I register to vote?

Register to Vote

Eligible voters can register to vote by completing and submitting a Voter Registration Application at least 21 days before an election, or they can wait to register at the polling place on the day of the election.

When to register
Residents should register to vote when any of the following take place:

  • Upon turning 18 years old
  • Name changes
  • Address changes
Check to see if you’re registered
Go to the MNvotes.org website to find out if you are registered to vote at your current address.

Register online

It's quick and easy! You will need your Minnesota driver’s license or Minnesota identification card number, or the last four numbers of your Social Security number.

Register on paper

Download and print forms in English and other languages. Use these forms to register yourself or to register others in a voter registration drive.

Register on Election Day

You can register or update your registration when you vote, whether that is at your polling place on Election Day or at an early voting location. You will need proof of residence to register. Learn more about registering when you vote.

Check my registration

You can see if you are registered at your current address.

 Where do I vote?