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VOTER REGISTRATION


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 have political party registration. Voters are not asked to publicly declare affiliation with a political party.


 

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: Must be finished with all parts of any felony sentence


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 period 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


Early voting qualifications: While Minnesota does not offer early voting, in person absentee voting is available for all voters.


 

QUALIFICATIONS


Verifying Registration: Minnesota voter registration


Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/


Polling Place:Minnesota polling places


ID Requirements:


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


Acceptable IDs:


-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.)


-Internet services


-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

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