Mail Ballot Precincts
Eight precincts in Sibley County vote by mail ballots for all State Primary and General Elections:
- Green Isle City
- Arlington Township
- Bismarck Township
- Cornish Township
- Faxon Township
- Henderson Township
- Sibley Township
- Washington Lake
If you live in one of these mail ballot precincts, your traditional polling place will not be open on Election Day. Instead, if you are registered to vote at your current address, you will receive your ballot in the mail approximately one month prior to each election.
When are Ballots Sent?
Per Minnesota Statute, mail ballots must be sent out between 46 days and 14 days prior to each election for registered voters in a mail ballot precinct; the Sibley County Auditor-Treasurer's Office will send them out approximately one month prior to each election.
Returning Your Mail Ballot
After voting a mail ballot, return the voted ballot as soon as possible. The most important things to remember:
Mail ballot precinct voters have three options for returning their voted ballots:
Voting In Person
Mail ballot precinct voters may vote in-person at the Auditor-Treasurer's Office at the Courthouse in Gaylord during normal business hours of 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Please bring the ballot that was mailed to you, if possible, or we can issue a replacement.
The following additional times are also available for voting (other than State General Elections):
For State General Elections, in-person voting is available during the following times:
Mail ballot precinct voters who wish to put their voted ballot directly into the tabulator/ballot box may do so beginning 18 days prior to each election through 8:00pm* on Election Day.
*All polls close at 8:00pm on Election Day including the Courthouse for mail ballot precinct voters.
Non-Registered Voters in a Mail Ballot Precinct
For those who are new to a mail ballot precinct, have not previously registered to vote, or their voter registration record has become inactivated due to not voting at least once every four years, will need to complete an absentee ballot application and a new voter registration application.
If the voter is not registered at least 20 days before Election Day (pre-registered), they will need to provide a proof of residence as part of an Election Day registration with their absentee ballot. Voters who are not pre-registered must have a witness to verify their proof of residence and sign their absentee ballot return envelope.
In Minnesota, a town (township) of any size or a city having fewer than 400 registered voters on June 1 of an election year can choose to vote exclusively by mail by resolution of their city council or township board; the state and county do not have the authority to make any precinct move to mail balloting. Minnesota has had mail ballot precincts for over 30 years; the legislation authorizing this type of voting for residents of small, non-metro jurisdictions became law in 1987. Changes to the law in 2023 have removed the restriction of mail balloting for metropolitan counties. Thousands of Minnesotans have been voting in mail ballot precincts in every state election cycle since that time.
While the council or board of supervisors can decide to switch to mail balloting for any reason, the following are some of the most common:
Please visit the Secretary of State's website for further information.