With over 17,000 ballots already requested for the Statewide General Election to be held November 3, many Blue Earth County residents are voting early.

Voters should wait for their ballot to arrive, and then determine how to vote and return it. Ballots and the provided envelopes can be returned through the mail as all postage is paid. If voters have received a ballot but wish to vote in person, they should bring those materials with them. The county is offering additional early voting options.

  • Starting Monday, October 5, the county’s “Drop & Go Quick Service” booth will be open in the parking lot at the Blue Earth County Elections Office at 204 S 5th Street in Mankato. The booth is a convenient drop off opportunity for any county voters returning ballots and will be able to provide curbside voting and other voter assistance.  It will be open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Starting Tuesday, October 13, the Mapleton and Lake Crystal city hall offices will be able to collect ballots for Blue Earth County voters each weekday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
  • Starting Tuesday, October 27, a second early voting location at 15 Map Drive in Mankato will provide another location for all early voting services for Blue Earth County voters.

The Blue Earth County Elections Office is located in the Historic Courthouse at 204 S 5th Street, Mankato. Hours for the Elections Office are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office will be open extended hours on Saturday, October 31, from 10 am to 3 pm and until 5 p.m. Monday, November 2. Voters entering voting locations will be required to follow the state and county guidelines regarding social distancing and face coverings.

Voters can register, check the status of their ballot, and handle many other election-related tasks by visiting www.mnvotes.org. Voters should register in advance no later than October 13 to be considered pre-registered for the election.

For additional questions or information, please contact Blue Earth County Elections at (507) 304-4341 or visit www.becvotes.org.