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Minnesota is one of eight states which allow early voting but require an excuse to vote early. Early voting begins 46 days prior to the election and ends the day before election day.[1] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

To vote early you need to provide an excuse for why you will be unable to vote at the polls during normal voting hours. The following are valid reasons:[1]

  • you will be away from home on election day
  • you are ill or disabled
  • you are an election judge serving in a precinct other than your own
  • unable to go to the polling place due to a religious observance or belief
  1. 1.0 1.1 Long Distance Voter, "Early Voting Rules: Minnesota," accessed December 19, 2013