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Absentee Ballots

Residents who cannot make it to a polling place on election day may vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots are available 46 days before all elections except March township elections. Ballots for those elections are available 30 days prior to the election and must be returned  not postmarked to Dakota County Elections by Election Day.

Independent School District #197 Special Election
The absentee voting period for the May 6, 2014 Special Election will be from March 21, 2014  through May 6, 2014.

Request an absentee ballot
In person
Dakota County voters may obtain an absentee ballot by visiting the Administration Center or Northern Service Center. 

Complete an Absentee Ballot Application and return it by:

  • Mail
  • Fax to 651-438-4391
  • Email scanned document to
  • Bringing application to county or school district office

Applications mailed to the County should be sent to:

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

Casting an absentee ballot
You may cast absentee ballots in person at any of the following county locations from March 21, 2014 through May 6, 2014 for the the Independent School District  #197 Special Election.

Residents of any of the above listed school districts may cast an absentee ballot in person at any of the locations listed below:

Administration Center
1590 Hwy 55
Hastings, MN 55033
Hours: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and until 5 p.m. on Feb. 10, 2014

Northern Service Center
1 Mendota Road West
West St. Paul, MN 55118
Hours: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Open until 6 p.m. on Wednesday

You must be a resident within Independent School District #197 to cast your absentee ballot at the following location:

Independent School District #197
1897 Delaware Ave
Mendota Heights, MN  55118
Hours: 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, until 5 p.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014

Absentee ballots sent to you
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 and return it in the provided envelope.

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 Federal Voting Assistance Program 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 Minnesota Overseas Voter Services or Overseas Vote Foundation.

Last updated: 4/1/2014 3:41 AM