Election Fast Fact — May 2021

Can someone request and receive or submit more than 1 absentee ballot?

No, in Minnesota a person cannot receive and vote more than 1 absentee ballot.

Why not? When a person requests an absentee ballot an entry is made into Minnesota’s state voter registration system (SVRS) that the person has been sent a ballot. The entry includes the requesters name, date of birth, address and the identification submitted to support the request (driver’s license or state identification number, or last 4 digits of SSAN).

If someone sends in an additional request for an 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. (Minn. Statute 203B.19)

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 election office (county or municipal) 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)

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