Absentee Voting

What is Absentee Voting?

Eligible voters can vote early by using an absentee ballot, instead of voting in person at the polling place on Election Day. Voters can vote by absentee either in person or via mail. 

To be eligible to vote in Minnesota, you must:
  • Be at least 18 years old on Election Day
  • Be a Citizen of the United States
  • Have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
  • Have any felony conviction record discharged, expired, or completed
  • Not be under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights
  • Not have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law

How Do I Vote Absentee? 

Absentee ballots are available 46 days before each regularly scheduled election. We encourage Waconia residents to vote absentee to help reduce the number of lines on election day. 

City of Waconia residents have multiple options for absentee voting:
1. Vote by mail
2. Vote at City Hall, 201 South Vine Street (City of Waconia Residents Only)
3. Go to the Taxpayer Services Department at Carver County Government Center, 600 E. 4th Street, Chaska, (ALL Carver County Residents)

If you plan on voting absentee, you'll need to fill out an absentee voting application. This can be downloaded here or completed at City Hall at the time of voting. 

When Can I Vote Absentee? 


For the General Election, absentee voting is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday starting September 18 and going through November 2. The City will also be open extended hours for voting on the following dates:
  • Saturday, October 24: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 26 - Thursday, October 29: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 31: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 2: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Can I Vote Absentee By Mail? 

You can vote absentee by mail. To request a mail ballot, please visit the Secretary of State's Website or www.waconia.org/votebymail