In Minnesota, you don't have to wait until Election Day — vote early with an absentee ballot. Vote early in person You can cast an absentee ballot at your local elections office starting 46 days before Election Day. Visit mnvotes.org for hours and locations. Vote early by mail You can also apply to have an absentee ballot sent to you in the mail. You must return your ballot by Election Day (Nov. 6, 2018).