City Clerk

Early Voting Information

Vote Early (Absentee)

In Minnesota, you can vote early with an absentee ballot starting 46 days before Election Day.


2019 Early Voting Dates

Primary Election

  • First day to vote early in person:  Friday, June 28th
  • Last day to vote early in person:  Monday, August 12th

General Election

  • First day to vote early in person:  Friday, September 20th
  • Last day to vote early in person:  Monday, November 4th

Vote Early by Mail

To vote by mail, apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to you.  You do not need to be registered to apply.

Return the paper application below to the City Clerk’s Office by mail or email (411 W. 1st St., Room 330, Duluth, MN 55802).

                2019 Minnesota Absentee Ballot Application.

Please allow adequate time for mailing to and from the City Clerk's Office of the application and ballot.  (The ballot cannot be mailed until the SIGNED application is received.)


Vote Early In Person

You can vote early with an absentee ballot at the City Clerk’s Office.  If you are not registered, you can do so in person if you show proof of residence.   The City Clerk’s Office is open for early voting during normal business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).   Extended hours for early voting are as follows:

  • The last Saturday before Election Day (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m)
  • The day before Election Day until 5:00 p.m.

Have an Agent Pick Up Your Ballot (Agent Delivery)

The following voters may authorize another person (known as their "agent") to pick up and return an absentee ballot for them during the seven days before the election:

  • Patients in hospitals, residential treatment centers, and nursing homes
  • Residents of group homes
  • Residents of battered women's shelters
  • Residents of assisted living facilities
  • Voters who are disabled
  • Voters who would have difficulty getting to the polls because of incapacitating health reasons

If you are currently living in a residential facility but not sure if it meets the qualifications listed above, please ask the administrator of your facility.

In order to have an agent deliver your ballot, you must complete the Request for Agent Delivery Form and the Absentee Ballot Application.  You must have a preexisting relationship with your agent.  The agent will use the completed forms to pick up a ballot, bring the ballot to you and return your completed ballot to the City Clerk's Office.  This activity may only occur the seven days preceding an election.  Ballots can be picked up until 2:00 p.m. on Election Day and completed ballots must be returned by 3:00 p.m. on Election Day.  A person cannot deliver and return ballots for more than three voters.

For an overview of how agent delivery works read more about the Agent Delivery Process.


Vote From Military or Abroad

Serving in the military or living abroad?  Have an absentee ballot sent to you wherever you are in the world!  Read more about Minnesota Military and Overseas Voters and learn how to apply.