Registration Deadline: In Minnesota, you may register 21 days before Election Day or on Election Day at your polling place.
Party Affiliation: Minnesota does not record voters' party affiliations
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Must be at least 18 years old on Election Day
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
Mental Competency: Cannot vote if a court has ruled that you are legally incompetent.
Felony Convictions: have any felony conviction record discharged, expired or completed
ID Requirements: If you are not registered to vote or need to update your registration information, you may do so at your local polling location on Election Day as long as you can provide proof of residence. To register at your polling place on Election Day, you must bring one of the following with your current name and address to verify your residence in the precinct:
-A valid Minnesota driver's license, learner's permit, Minnesota ID card, or receipt for any of these;
-A valid student ID card including your photo, if your college has provided a student housing list to election officials
-A tribal ID card that contains your picture and signature;
-A valid registration in the same precinct under a different name or address;
-A notice of late registration sent to you by your county auditor or city clerk;
-A voter registered in the same precinct as you who can confirm your address with a signed oath; or
-An employee of the residential facility where you live who can confirm your address with a signed oath
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: Minnesota voter registration application
In person: Visit your local election official's office
By mail/ in writing: You may register to vote by completing a voter registration application and mailing it into your local election official.
By fax: Contact your local election office for faxing options.
Other Voter Registration Application Information: You can also register at the polls on election day; applications will be provided but proper ID is necessary
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: Minnesota voter registration verification
Phone: Contact your elections official
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee:
Beginning with the August 12, 2014 Primary Election, any voter may vote absentee.
Other absentee voter qualifications: Absentee Voting Periods:
-begin 46 days before Election Day for most elections
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: Minnesota absentee ballot application
In person: You may cast an absentee ballot in person, at your county auditor's office and in many cases your city or township clerk's office, starting 46 days prior to Election Day. This option is available on weekdays during business hours. In addition, the county auditor's office must be open for absentee balloting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Saturday before the election and until 5 p.m. on the day before the election. Contact your county auditor for more information.
By mail: In order to vote absentee by mail, you need to complete an absentee ballot application and submit it to your local election official by mail, fax, or email (print off the application, sign it, scan it, and attach to an email as a .pdf). Your ballot will be sent to you when it is ready - at least 46 days prior to the election if you applied for an absentee ballot in advance. If you apply for an absentee ballot within 46 days of the election, your ballot will arrive within a day or two of your application being received. Contact your county auditor for more information.
Military and overseas voting: Military and overseas voters may apply for the FPCA(Federal Post Card Application) with no due dates, however, ballots must arrive no later than election day to be counted. More information and applications available.
Emergency Voting: If their voter status is challenged voters may choose to register on election day.
Other absentee ballot information: Voters who were eligible voters in Minnesota, but moved to another state within 30 days of the General Election, and are not eligible to vote in the state to which they moved, may vote for the President and Vice-President only by completing and returning the Presidential absentee application.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time:Once you receive your ballot in the mail, follow the instructions carefully. Voters need to have a notary or a registered Minnesota voter sign their envelope as a witness. The notary can be from any state. To return their absentee ballot, you can:
-Mail it in the prepaid envelope that came with the ballot. The ballot must arrive back on or before Election Day. Postmark dates do not matter, only the date the ballot arrives. If you are concerned that your ballot will not arrive in time by U.S. Mail, you may pay for package delivery service.
-Drop it off in person to the election office that sent provided the absentee ballot. Election offices accept absentee ballots in person until 5 p.m. the day before Election Day.
Early voting qualifications: While Minnesota does not offer early voting, in person absentee voting is available for select groups. You may cast an absentee ballot in person, at your county auditor's office and in some cases your city or township clerk's office, starting 46 days prior to Election Day. This option is available on weekdays during business hours. In addition, the county auditor's office must be open for absentee balloting from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Saturday before the election and until 5 p.m. on the day before the election. Contact your county auditor for more information (find contact information using the Election Official Directory), or check to see if you live in one of the Municipalities Administering Absentee Balloting.
Verifying Registration: Minnesota voter registration
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
Time off to vote: For certain elections, employers are required by law to allow time off for employees to vote (Minnesota Statues 204C.04 and 204C.08 Subd.1d). You can give a copy of this letter to your employer, which explains your right to time off. Employers must provide time off to vote in the following elections:
-Regularly scheduled state primary or general election;
-An election to fill a vacancy in the office of United State senator or United States representative;
-An election to fill a vacancy in the office of state senator or state representative.
Employers may choose to provide paid time off for voting in other elections as well. Encouraging employees to vote is an excellent way to promote civic engagement and our democracy.
Employees can take time off for the time necessary to vote without a reduction in pay.
Employees cannot be required to use personal leave or vacation time for the time off necessary to vote.
Employers cannot instruct employees of when during work hours employees are excused to go and vote.
Employers may request that employees provide notification as to when they will be gone and request that employees coordinate their absences so as to minimize adverse impact on the workplace.
A violation of this statute is a misdemeanor. Any complaints should be filed with the county attorney.
Polling Place:Minnesota polling place finder
ID is not required if you register to vote before the registration deadline. To register at your polling place on Election Day, you must bring one of the following with your current name and address to verify your residence in the precinct:
- A valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, Minnesota ID card, or receipt for any of these
- A valid student ID card including your photo, if your college has provided a student housing list to election officials
- A Tribal ID card that contains your picture and signature
- A valid registration in the same precinct under a different name or address
- A notice of late registration sent to you by your county auditor or city clerk
- A voter registered in the same precinct as you who can confirm your address with a signed oath
- An employee of the residential facility where you live who can confirm your address with a signed oath
Both 1) a photo ID from the list below, and 2) a current bill from the list below with your current name and address in the precinct
Photo IDs (may be expired)
- Minnesota Driver's License
- Minnesota ID Card
- United States Passport
- United States Military ID Card
- Tribal ID Card
- Minnesota University, College, or Technical College ID Card
Bills (delivered electronically or by mail)
- Utility bill due within 30 days of election day:
- Telephone (landline, cell, VOIP, etc.)
- TV (cable, satellite, etc.)
- Internet services
- Solid Waste
- Sewer Services
- Rent statement dated within 30 days of election day that itemizes utilities
- Current student fee statement
How to Vote: Marking and Casting your ballot
- Optical scan
- Paper ballots
- Hybrid system
Getting your vote counted: Minnesota Voting Bill of Rights
Problems with voting:Minnesota State election law complaint form
Verifying provisional ballot status: Minnesota is exempt from provisional ballot laws due to same day voter registration.
Verifying absentee ballot status: Minnesota absentee ballot verification