Voting Early In Person or By Mail

Application Information

 Any eligible voter can vote early in person or by mail. The official name for this is voting by absentee ballot.

Some voters live in a mail ballot precinct where registered voters automatically receive a ballot. Other voters who wish to vote early must request an absentee ballot by completing an Absentee Ballot Application or they may vote early in person.

Absentee Ballot Applications and information may be found on the Secretary of State's website at

Military and overseas voters can also refer to the State's website for more information.

Absentee Ballot packets can be tracked from the point the voter submits the request/application to the point it is accepted by the county. Track your absentee ballot here.

Returning Your Absentee Ballot

After a voter receives the absentee ballot packet, and the ballot is voted, the voter should return the voted ballot as soon as possible.

The most important things to remember:

  • Follow the instructions provided in the mailing
  • Be sure all required information and signatures are provided
  • Be sure your ballot is received by the Brown Earth County Elections Office by the deadline for the election (see the instructions provided with the ballot packet for the election)

Absentee ballot voters have three options for returning their voted ballots:

  1. Return postage is prepaid so a voter can mail the ballot to the Brown County Elections Office. The return envelope is pre-addressed to the Brown County Elections Office.
  2. Voted ballots may be dropped off by the voter. This can be done up to 3:00 pm on Election Day.
  3. Voted ballots may be dropped off by an agent of the voter. The agent must be at least 18 years old, must bring in a photo ID, and will complete a short form documenting the delivery of the ballot. This can be done up to 3:00 pm on Election Day. 

Brown County ballots can be dropped off for the Special Election and General Election Primary during the times listed:

June 24 through August 9th at the Brown County Courthouse, 14 South State Street, New Ulm, MN

  • 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday
  • On August 6th (the Saturday before the election) from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • On August 8th (the Monday before the election) until 5:00 pm
  • On August 9th (Election Day) until 3:00 pm

Voting Early In Person - Direct Balloting

The Brown County Courthouse – 14 South State Street, New Ulm, MN

In-Person early voting is available during the same times as listed above for turning in ballots:

  • During normal office hours (8:00 am to 4:30 pm) beginning Aug. 2nd to August 5th
  • The Saturday before the election, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • The Monday before the election, until 5:00 pm


Contact Auditor-Treasurer Office


Brown County Courthouse
14 S State Street
PO Box 115
New Ulm, MN 56073-0115

Located on the 2nd floor, Rm 206
Hours: 8 am – 4:30pm Weekdays

Telephone: (507) 233-6613
Fax: (507) 359-1430

Email County Auditor-Treasurer


Telephone: (507) 233-6614

Email Brown County Elections


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Courthouse Address:
14 S State St
New Ulm, MN 56073

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