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Absentee Voting Information

Absentee ballots are available 45 days prior to the State Primary and State General Elections.  A completed and signed absentee ballot application must be received before a ballot can be issued to a voter.  Absentee ballots must be returned to the county auditor no later than 3:00pm on Election Day in order to be counted.

To apply online, click on the link located in the margin to the right titled “MN Secretary of State – Voter Information Page”

To apply and vote in person, the Douglas County Auditor’s Office is located on the first floor of the Douglas County Courthouse building located on the corner of 7th and Douglas in Alexandria.

Absentee Voting Hours:

8:00 am – 4:30 pm          Monday through Friday. 

10:00 am – 3:00 pm        Saturday prior to Primary or General Election Day

8:00 am – 5:00 pm          Monday prior to Primary or General Election


To apply and vote by mail, please contact the Douglas County Auditor’s Office at the phone number listed in the margin to the right if you want an absentee ballot application mailed to you.  An absentee ballot application can also be obtained online at “” or you may submit your own written request as long as it contains the following required information:

  • Voter’s name and residential address;
  • The address where the ballot should be sent;
  • The election(s) for which the request is made;
  • The voter’s date of birth and at least one of the following:
    • The voter’s MN driver’s license number;
    • MN state ID number
    • The last four digits of the voter’s Social Security number; or
    • A statement that the voter does not have any of these;
  • Oath stating that the information contained on the form is accurate, that the voter is applying on their own behalf, and that the voter is signing the oath under penalty of perjury;
  • Voter’s own signature; and
  • The date the voter signed the application.

Track your absentee ballot status
by using the “Absentee Status Lookup” link located in the margin to the right.

Military and overseas voters may also by absentee ballot.  More information can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State Military/Overseas Voting Page by clicking the link in the margin to the right.