Voting by Absentee Ballot

Vote Absentee In Person

2024 State Primary absentee voting begins Friday, June 28th, 2024.

2024 State General absentee voting begins Friday, September 20th, 2024.

All eligible voters may vote in person, by absentee 46 days prior to each election at the Swift County Courthouse during normal business hours.


The Swift County Courthouse will also have extended hours to absentee vote on the following days:

State Primary Election 

  • Saturday, August 10 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Monday, August 12 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

State General Election 

  • Saturday, October 26 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 29 – 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 2 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, November 3 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Monday, November 4 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Vote Absentee by Mail

Voters may vote early by requesting absentee ballot materials be mailed to them.   Apply online (statewide elections only) or download and complete the Absentee Ballot Application (PDF).  

  • Absentee Ballot Applications must be signed in order to be processed
  • Do not submit more than one application for each election
  • Once your application is received, absentee ballot materials will be mailed to you as soon as they are available

Completed paper applications should be returned as soon as possible to the Swift County Auditor’s Office by mail, in person, email or fax.

    • Mail to:  Swift County Auditor’s Office
                       Elections Department
                       PO Box 207
                       Benson, MN 56215    


Return your Absentee Ballot

Return by Mail: Voters may return their ballot by mail with the postage paid return envelope provided. 

Return In Person: Voters may drop off absentee ballots for themselves and up to 3 additional voters, in person at the Swift County Auditor’s Office. To drop off a ballot for another voter, you are required to come inside to provide identification with your name and signature. 



  • You may NOT drop your absentee ballot off at your polling place on Election Day
  • Ballots received after 8 pm on Election Day will not be counted


Requirements for Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA):

  • Complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).
  • Mail, fax or email the completed form to our office. (Our information is listed above)
  • Military personnel, their families, and citizens living outside the United States (including Canada and Mexico) may have application requests submitted by the voter, voter's parents, spouse, sibling, or child over the age of 18 years.   
  • Additional voting information and resources for Americans living abroad can be found at Minnesota Overseas Voter Services or Overseas Vote Foundation.


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