Elections & Voting
Important 2020 Dates in Minnesota
- September 18 : Early voting begins (by mail & in-person)
- October 13 : Deadline for advance voter registration by mail or online
(same day registration is still available at the polls)
- November 3 : Election Day & absentee ballot postmark deadline
- November 10 : Deadline for absentee ballots to arrive at Morrison County Auditor/Treasurer office
Notice of General Election - List of Poll Places
Who Can Vote in Minnesota
According to the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office, in order to be eligible to vote in Minnesota, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- At least 18 years old on Election Day
- A resident of the state of Minnesota for at least 20 days
- Not currently serving a felony sentence (including probation, parole or supervised release)
How to Register to Vote in Minnesota
Minnesota residents can register in advance until 20 days before the election. Registration is available online on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website. Voter registration can also be completed using paper form such as; a voter registration drive, Morrison County Auditor/Treasurer office, or printed from the Secretary of State's website & postmarked 20 days before the election.
Registration is also available on Election Day at the polls, by bringing in an approved document that proves your current address OR by having another registered voter in your precinct vouch for you.
What's on Your Ballot
Sample ballots can be found by searching your address on the My Ballot page of the Minnesota Secretary of State's website.
Where & When to Vote on Election Day
The state of Minnesota has a Poll Finder available online, where you can enter your address to find your polling location.
Most polls open at 7:00 am on Election Day & close at 8:00 pm. However, if you are already in line by 8:00 pm, you will be allowed to vote.
Do I Need to Bring ID to Vote
Identification or proof of address is only needed if you need to register to vote at the polls. If your voter registration is current, your name will be on the voter list at your polling location & the state of Minnesota does not require you to show an ID to vote.
How to Vote Early in Person
Minnesota voters can cast a ballot in-person starting 45 days before an election at the Morrison County Auditor/Treasurer office. Early voting is available until the day before the election.
In 2020, the early voting period runs from
Friday, September 18 to Monday, November 2
Early voting hours at the Morrison County Auditor/Treasurer office:
- Monday thru Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
- Saturday, October 31 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
- Monday, November 2 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Eligible voters can also register to vote at the Morrison County Auditor/Treasurer office by providing proof of current address.
How to Vote Early by Mail (Absentee)
Minnesota voters can cast an absentee ballot by mail starting 45 days before Election Day.
Voters can request absentee ballots online any day of the year except Election Day. Make sure to allow election officials enough time to send the ballot to you & give yourself time to return it. In 2020, Minnesota state officials recommend requesting your ballot before October 2 to make sure there is enough time for it to be received.
Absentee ballots typically require a witness signature to be valid. However, due to COVID-19 pandemic, that requirement is waived for registered voters in 2020. Voters who are not already registered will still need a witness signature.
Once filled out, absentee ballots can be returned in multiple ways:
- Return a ballot by mail or package delivery service to the Morrison County Auditor/Treasurer office. In 2020, mailed ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (November 3) & received by the Auditor/Treasurer office within seven calendar days (November 10)
- Ballots can be returned in-person to your county elections office by 3:00 pm on Election Day
No postage stamps are required to send in a ballot by mail.
Mail Ballot Precincts
Mail ballot precincts in Minnesota have existed for over 30 years. There are municipalities in Morrison County who have chose to exclusively vote by mail since this became law in 1987. Visit the Minnesota Secretary of State's website for answers to any questions you may have about mail ballot precincts.
How to Track Your Absentee Ballot
Currently in Morrison County, Absentee Ballot requests are being processed on an ongoing basis as requests are received daily within the office.
Absentee voters can track whether their ballots have been received by searching on the Minnesota Secretary of State's website.
Where is My County Election Office
Your county election office is the Morrison County Auditor/Treasurer office. Located on the first floor, middle counter of the Morrison County Government Center. For voters with questions about their registration status, or those looking to drop off an absentee ballot, the Secretary of State keeps a list of the locations, contact information & websites of county election offices across Minnesota.
How to Change Your Vote
According to the Secretary of State, Minnesota absentee voters can ask to cancel their ballot until the end of the business day, two weeks before Election Day. Voters must contact the Auditor/Treasurer office that sent the ballot. A new ballot can be mailed, if there is enough time. Or voters can cast their ballot in-person at the polls instead.
When Will We Know the Results
The Morrison County Auditor/Treasurer office is responsible for counting ballots. The Secretary of State's office will post unofficial election results on election night. However, due to the variety of equipment used by various counties and the seven-day grace period for absentee ballot delivery in 2020, Minnesota state officials caution that final results will take time.
Office Election Duties
The Auditor’s office administers the county functions of Federal, State and Local elections. This process involves:
- Absentee voting administration
- Administering county recounts
- Ballot layout
- Candidate filings
- Election day signature rosters
- Election judges training
- Election night results
- Electronic tabulation programming
- Maintaining voter history
- Registration of voters
This office is a resource to cities, townships and school districts in the election process.
View a current listing of Township Officials, City Officials and County Commissioners (PDF). The listing is updated as necessary, with some Township elections being held in March, and most City and some Township elections in November. The Townships that have moved their elections to November are indicated on the listing with double stars and a light green highlighting.
The listing shows all of the officials for the townships listed in alphabetical order, followed by the officials for the cities listed in alphabetical order. The County Commissioners are shown at the end of the list, in district number order. You can use the search feature in the browser to locate a particular township or city.