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Voter & Election Administration

2024 Election Dates
Primary Election - August 13, 2024
General Election - November 5, 2024

Absentee Voting
Absentee Voting for the Primary Election is June 28-August 13, 2024
Absentee Voting for the General Election is September 20 - November 5, 2024

Absentee Ballots are available 46 days prior to any Election.  Voted absentee ballots must be received in our office by 8:00 pm on election day.

Voter & Election Administration

You may register and vote in Minnesota on the next Election Day if you:

  • will be at least 18-years-old on Election Day
  • are a citizen of the United States
  • a Minnesota resident for at least 20 days before the election
  • not a convicted felon without your civil rights
  • not under guardianship of the person in which the court revokes your right to vote
  • have not been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law

Registering before Election Day

You may register to vote by completing a Voter Registration Application and submitting it by mail or in-person to your local election official.

For your name to appear on the polling place roster, register at least 20 days before Election Day. 

Links to the Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State:

You can register at your polling place on Election Day.  You will need one of the following to verify your residence:

  • Minnesota driver's license, out of State license, learner's permit, identification card, or receipt for one, with your current address;
  • A valid student ID card including your photo, if your college has provided a student housing list to election officials;
  • Tribal ID card that contains your picture and signature;
  • A valid registration in the same precinct under a different name or address;
  • A voter registered in the same precinct as you who can confirm your address with a signed oath;
  • If the Minnesota license, out of State license,Tribal ID, MN State ID or out of State ID, has a former address, you may bring a recent utility bill* to use with your license or ID;
  • U.S. passport with utility bill*;
  • A military ID with a utility bill*;

*Note:  The utility bill must have your name, current address, and be due within 30 days of the election.  Utility bills may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, telephone, cell phone, internet or cable TV. You may also use a Residential Lease or Rental Agreement, which must be valid through Election Day, a bank or credit card statement, rent or mortgage payment statement.

How do I register to vote?

You can fill out a voter registration card and return it in person or by mail to our office. 

Return to:  
Norman County
PO Box 266
Ada MN 56510

Voter registration forms are available at the County Courthouse, in many telephone books, in your state tax booklet (in even-numbered years) or by downloading a copy from the Secretary of State's web site by clicking here.

You can also register to vote when you apply for or renew your Minnesota driver's license or state identification card.

Check to see if you are a registered voter by selecting Voter Registration Lookup.

Absentee Balloting for August 13 Primary
Absentee voting begins June 28, 2024 for the August 13 Primary Election.
Absentee voting is open for 46 days prior to the Primary Election.
Vote in-person
Residents of Norman County may vote in-person at the Norman County Courthouse Auditor-Treasurer's Office. 16-3rd Ave E, Ada, MN  56510.  Hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday and Saturday, August 10, 2024 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Open Monday, August 12, 2024 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and Tuesday, August 13, 2024 7:00 am to 8:00 pm.

Vote Absentee by Mail
Voters can apply for an absentee ballot online at or contact the Auditor-Treasurer's office and an application will be mailed to you.  Once completed, return the completed application to the Norman County Auditor at PO Box 266, Ada, MN  56510.
Click here to request a Minnesota Absentee Ballot.
Minnesota Absentee Ballot Application

The ballot will be mailed with instructions on how to complete the process and return to the Norman County Auditor-Treasurer's office.

If you have any questions, please contact the Norman County Auditor-Treasurer's Office at 218-784-5471 or email at

Check the status of your application or ballot on the Secretary of State website.

Absentee ballots will be available 46 days before an election.  Minnesota voters no longer need a reason to vote absentee.

Two Ways to vote Absentee:
1. Vote in-person.
2. Vote by mail.

Vote In-Person Location
Norman County Courthouse
Auditor-Treasurer Office
16-3rd Ave E
Ada, MN  56510
Hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Additional Hours for Absentee Voting
Primary Election
Saturday, August 10, 2024 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Monday, August 12, 2024 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday, August 13, 2024 7:00 am to 8:00 pm
General Election
Saturday, October 26, 2024 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tuesday, October 29, 2024 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 2, 2024 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday, November 3, 2024 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Monday, November 4, 2024 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Vote Absentee by Mail
Online applications are unavailable for municipal and school district elections.  Download and complete the 2024 Absentee Ballot Application (PDF) (Statewide and Township Elections).
  • You must indicate which election(s) you are requesting an Absentee ballot for.
  • Give your correct legal residence as completely as possible, this is used to verify your voting precinct.
  • Provide your ID number.
  • Sign the application.
Voters in the Military or voters who will be overseas on Election Day, need to complete the Military/Overseas Application.
Return the completed application as soon as possible to the election official from whom you received it; or mail the application to:

Norman County Auditor-Treasurer Office
PO Box 266
Ada, MN  56510

Drop Box Location
Voters have the option to drop off their ballot in a secure drop box located at the Norman County Courthouse, instead of mailing in their ballot.  The drop box is available 24/7 through Tuesday, August 13, 2024.  Voters may drop off their ballot in the drop box.  If voters are dropping off someone else's ballot, the ballots must be dropped off in person at our office.  A citizen is only allowed to drop off a total of three ballots.
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  • Your Absentee Ballot Application must be signed in order to process.
  • Do not submit more than one application for each election.
  • Your absentee ballot will be mailed to you as soon as they are available.
  •  Ballots received by election officials after Election Day will not be counted. 
Who May Apply
Each person must apply for themselves (other than military or overseas voters).

It is a felony to:
  • Attempt to cast an illegal ballot, or
  • Help anyone to cast an illegal ballot
  • Make a false statement on an application.
Ongoing/Permanent Absentee Ballot Application Process
Download the Permanent Application Form (PDF) to automatically receive absentee ballot applications.

Voters who have applied for ongoing status will automatically be provided with an absentee ballot application for each ensuing election (other than an election conducted by mail) and will have the status of ongoing absentee voter indicated on the voter's registration record.  Ongoing absentee voter status ends upon:
  • The voter's written request
  • The voter's death
  • Return of an ongoing absentee ballot as undeliverable
  • A change in the voter's status so that the voter is not eligible to vote.


The Absentee Ballot Lookup service is part of the Office of the Secretary of State's continuing commitment to use technology to provide added convenience to voters.  This service will streamline election administration resulting in cost savings to local governments and ensuring Minnesota is in full compliance with the recent federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act.

The on-line service informs absentee voters about the current status of their ballots with one of the following messages:

  • Your absentee ballot application has been received.
  • Your absentee ballot has been sent to you on (date).
  • Your absentee ballot has been received.
  • Your absentee ballot will be counted.
  • Your absentee ballot has been rejected for (reason).
  • Your replacement ballot has been sent on (date).

Where Do I Vote?
Follow this link to the Secretary of State's Polling Place Finder website. This website will guide you through two steps that will tell you where to vote.

Results posted as they are reported by the local election officials, starting at 8 p.m.

 June 7, 2022 Norman County Board of Commissioners adopted the updated plan for the Election Equipment Plan.  This plan details the equipment and versions used during elections.  Please click here for this plan.

Click here for the Notice of Mail Ballot Procedures for Norman County, Minnesota.