Absentee Voting - 2016 Election

Absentee voting for the statewide general election continues through Monday, Nov. 7.

Due to state legislative changes that allow for no-excuse absentee voting, voter turnout by absentee ballot is high. Voters may either vote an absentee ballot by mail or in-person at one of the county’s service centers or the county Government Center in Stillwater.

Beginning Nov. 1, if voting in person in Washington County, absentee voters may place their ballots directly into the tabulator, just as they would do on Election Day at a polling place. This allows voters to know immediately that their ballots have been accepted with no errors, and to have the same experience, regardless of whether they vote on Election Day or cast their ballot early.

Voters may vote in person at the Washington County Service Centers or Government Center:

• Cottage Grove Service Center, 13000 Ravine Parkway, Cottage Grove;

• Government Center in Stillwater, 14949 62nd St. N., Stillwater;

• Headwaters Service Center, 19955 Forest Road N., Forest Lake;

• Woodbury Service Center, 2150 Radio Drive, Woodbury.

Absentee voting hours at the county service centers and government center are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additional hours for absentee balloting will be offered from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.

Absentee voters waiting to vote may experience long lines and the potential for a long wait. Voters are encouraged to vote at the Cottage Grove Service Center or the Government Center in Stillwater, as the Woodbury Service Center is especially busy with absentee voters.

On Election Day, Nov. 8, voters must vote at their designated precincts. Polling location information is available online through the Minnesota Secretary of State’s Office at mnvotes.org.

Questions about the general election, absentee voting, or voter registration may be directed to Washington County at 651-430-6175.