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Absentee ballots are available 46 days before each election. Individuals interested in absentee voting may do so either by mail or in person at the Office of the Sibley County Auditor-Treasurer. Standard office hours are 8 am to 4:30 pm. Monday through Friday. The office is also open for absentee voting the Saturday before an election from 10 am to 3 pm and until 5 pm on the evening before the election. You do not have to be a registered voter to vote by absentee ballot (you will register during the absentee voting process). Beginning 7 days before the election, applicants voting in-person will be able to deposit their ballot directly into the tabulator/ballot box at the Auditor-Treasurer Office.
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You are eligible to vote in Minnesota if you are least 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the United States and a resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days immediately preceding the election day.
Complete a Voter Registration Application (PDF). Drop off or send completed application to:
Sibley County Auditor-Treasurer Office400 Court AvenueP.O. Box 51Gaylord, MN 55334
or register online at the Minnesota Secretary of State Office.
Voting will be faster and easier if you are registered to vote when you arrive at the polls on election day. You can register on Election Day; however, you will need to bring proof of residence with you.
To register on Election Day, you must have proof of residence in your precinct. Only proofs authorized by law will be accepted.
Valid proof of identity includes any of the following:
The following precincts will vote by mail for all State Primary and General Elections:
If you live in one of Sibley County's mail ballot precincts, your traditional polling place will not be open on Election Day. Instead, if you are a registered voter, you will receive a ballot in the mail approximately one month before Election Day for each election. See options below for returning your ballot, including voting in person:
An individual who desires to become a candidate for an office shall file an affidavit of candidacy at the location as listed:
For more information on Becoming a Candidate, visit the Secretary of State's website.
An election judge must be:
An election judge cannot be:
High school students 16 and 17 years of age can be trainee election judges. Students who are 18 years of age or older can serve as regular election judges.
To serve as trainee election judges students must be:
Trainee election judges can serve for all elections. They cannot serve past 10 pm and cannot number more than 1/3 of the election judges in any one precinct. Trainee election judges, like other election judges, are not required to serve the entire day. Because trainee judges serve without party affiliation, they cannot perform tasks that must be carried out by two judges of different political parties, such as curbside voting. However, trainee election judges can perform any other election judge tasks and should be assigned those duties just as other election judges are assigned. Trainees do not count toward the minimum number of election judges required to serve.
Before serving in an election, all election judges and student trainee election judges must complete election judge training and be certified as an election judge. This course is offered by the County Auditor-Treasurer. Every judge who completes training receives an election judge certificate that is valid for two years. To stay current with changing election law and ballot counting technology, election judges will renew their election judge certificate by again completing the training course every two years.
In addition to election judge training and certification, head election judges complete an additional hour of training every two years to be certified as head election judge.
Election judges assisting with Health Care Facility absentee voting complete one hour of training every two years (in addition to election judge training) to be certified as HCF absentee election judges.
If you are interested in serving as an election judge in Sibley County, contact the Office of the Sibley County Auditor-Treasurer or submit the Sibley County Election Judge Interest Form (PDF) to the Auditor-Treasurer Office.