Election Fast Fact — May 2021
Updated: Jul 9
Can someone request and receive or submit more than 1 absentee ballot?
In Minnesota a person cannot receive and vote more than 1 absentee ballot.
When a person requests an absentee ballot an entry is made into Minnesota’s state voter registration system (SVRS) that an absentee ballot has been sent to that person. The entry includes the requester’s name, date of birth, address and the identification provided to support the request (Driver’s License or state identification number, or last 4 digits of their Social Security Account Number).
If someone submits a request for an additional absentee ballot, local election officials (e.g. Washington County Elections workers) will note in SVRS that the individual has already been sent a ballot and will not send the new ballot. (Sec. 203B.19 MN Statutes)
If a voter wants to replace the absentee ballot they initially received (due to damage or mistakes on the voter’s part), they may contact their local (county or municipal) election office and ask for a new ballot. The election office will mark the previously provided absentee ballot as “spoiled” and will not allow it to be counted if it were returned. (8210.2600 - MN Rules)