Elections & COVID-19
ANOKA COUNTY ELECTIONS AND COVID-19 VOTING PRECAUTIONS
In order to ensure that voters can cast a ballot in as safe a manner as possible, jurisdictions are following CDC guidelines on polling place safety. Voters should make use of the following resources to ensure that they can cast a ballot and protect the health of both their self and election judges.
VOTING EARLY BY A MAIL ABSENTEE BALLOT
All Anoka County voters can vote by mail using an absentee ballot. The online application to request a ballot by mail for the August 11 primary and/or the November 3 general election will be available beginning on May 13.
Refer to the Absentee Voting by Mail page for more information.
VOTING IN-PERSON: ABSENTEE & ELECTION DAY VOTING
Absentee: Voters can cast a ballot at their city or at the Anoka County Government Center beginning 46 days prior to Election Day. Refer to the In-Person Absentee Voting page for more information including municipal locations.
Election Day: Voters must go to their designated polling place to vote in-person on Election Day.
Guidance for All In-Person Voting: Election administrators, election judges, and voters are encouraged to follow CDC guidance on social distancing (maintaining six feet of distance between voters), equipment sanitization, and hygiene for polling places. In addition to following the CDC’s guidance for polling places, we have encouraged jurisdictions to increase their curbside voting operations, and we encourage voters casting a ballot on Election Day to consider taking advantage of curbside voting.
The use of cloth face coverings can be considered as an additional measure to reduce the risk in public areas. Refer to MDH Guidance on When to Wear a Mask. Note that cloth face coverings may help protect others from the wearer’s respiratory droplets, but are NOT a replacement for social distancing. Social distancing must be observed even if face coverings are in use.
Curbside voting is available on Election Day for anyone who cannot enter the polling place for any reason, including concerns for their health. Curbside voting allows a voter to register to vote and vote without leaving their vehicle.
If you choose curbside voting, two election judges will bring out a ballot to your vehicle. If you need to register or update your registration, they will bring you an application as well. When you are finished voting, election judges will bring your ballot inside for you and put it in the ballot box.
Voters with questions about the 2020 elections or protecting their health while voting can contact the following:
- Anoka County Elections - 763-324-1300; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office of the Secretary of State’s Election Division - 1-877-600-VOTE (8683); email@example.com
- Your city or township