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 be under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights or have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law
Felony Convictions: have any felony conviction record discharged, expired or completed
ID Requirements: See ID requirements section below
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: Minnesota voter registration application
In person: You may register at your polling place on Election Day.
By mail/ in writing: You may register to vote by completing an application and mailing it to your local election official.
By fax: Contact your local election office for faxing options.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online:Minnesota voter registration verification
Phone: Contact your local election official
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee: 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 election 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, absentee voting locations must be open for absentee voting 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 local election office 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).
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.
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 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 all voters.
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).
Polling Place:Minnesota polling places
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:
Option 1: Bring ID with current name and address
- A valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, Minnesota ID card, or receipt for any of these
- A Tribal ID card that contains your picture and signature
Option 2: Bring photo ID plus a document with current name and address
The ID can be expired and the document can also be shown electronically on a device.
Accepted photo IDs (bring one ID and one document):
Driver's license, state ID card or learner's permit issued by any state
United States passport
United States Military ID card
Tribal ID card with the name, signature and photo of the voter
Minnesota university, college or technical college ID card
Minnesota high school ID card
Accepted documents (bring one document and one ID):
Bill, account or start of service statement due or dated within 30 days of election for:
-Phone (landline, cell, VOIP, etc.)
-TV (cable, satellite, etc.)
-Solid waste or sewer services
-Electric, gas or water
-Banking or credit card
-Rent or mortgage payments
Residential lease or rental agreement (must be valid through Election Day)
Current student fee statement
Option 3: Registered voter who can confirm your name and address. A registered voter from your precinct can go with you to the polling place to sign an oath confirming your address. A registered voter can vouch for up to eight others. A voter who registers by being vouched for cannot vouch for others.
Option 4: College student ID-If a student housing list was provided. College students can use a student photo ID card if their college provided a student housing list to election officials
Option 5: Valid registration in same precinct If you were previously registered in the precinct but changed names or moved within the same precinct, you only need to tell the elections official your previous name or address-no additional documentation is needed.
Option 6: Notice of late registration. If you pre-registered to vote too close to Election Day, you may have received a Notice of Late Registration in the mail. This notice can be used to register.
Option 7: Staff person of a residential facility. If you live in a residential facility, a facility staff person can go with you to the polling place to confirm your address. The staff person must either be on a list provided by the facility before the election or be able to demonstrate employment at the facility.
Getting your vote counted: Minnesota Voter 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: Absentee ballot status