2020 GENERAL ELECTION BRINGS CHANGES WITH MANY OPTIONS FOR VOTERS
Absentee voting for the General Election on November 3rd begins on September 18th. Voters
may obtain absentee ballots in various ways:
-Go to mnvotes.org website – click on ‘other ways to vote’ – then ‘request an absentee ballot
– Go to the Houston County Website co.houston.mn.us and click on ‘Vote in the
General Election 2020’ from the red box on the home page. You will be directed to the MN
Secretary of State website to request an absentee ballot on-line.
-Call the Auditor-Treasurer’s office at 507-725-5803 to request an absentee ballot application.
We will mail you an application. You can return the completed absentee ballot application by
mail or drop it in the Houston County drop box located at the west entrance of the Courthouse
marked ‘Official Election Ballot Drop Box’.
In addition, many residents have received unsolicited absentee ballot applications in the mail.
These applications do not originate from the Houston County Auditor’s Office. They are mailed
from organizations with a goal of encouraging everyone to vote (some are non-partisan, some
are). These absentee ballot applications request the identical information as those distributed
by the Auditor’s Office and the Secretary of State, so you may complete these applications and
return them to Houston County. Ensure your completed application is addressed to Houston
County Auditor/Treasurer, 304 South Marshall Street, Rm 116, Caledonia, MN 55921.
If you are a registered voter in a mail balloting precinct (Caledonia Township, Brownsville City,
Brownsville Township, Union Township, Mound Prairie Township, or Spring Grove Township),
you will automatically receive your ballot and instructions in the mail during the last week of
If you register to vote after October 13th for the General Election, you will get non-registered
materials. You may also register at the polling place on Election Day.
Once you have received your absentee ballot, follow the instructions included in your packet to
complete your ballot and ballot envelopes. Voted ballots may be placed in the Houston County
drop box located at the west entrance of the Courthouse marked ‘Official Election Ballot Drop
Box’, returned in-person to the Auditor’s office or mailed in the U.S. Mail. If dropping off or
returning in-person, you must do so on or before 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3rd.
All mailed ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 3rd in order for your ballot to count
in the election. We will be accepting ballots through the mail up to 7 days after the election as
long as they are postmarked by November 3rd
If you have any questions, please contact the Auditor-Treasurer’s office at 507-725-5803 or