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: You can vote while under guardianship unless a court has ruled that you are legally incompetent.
Felony Convictions: Must be finished with all parts of any felony sentence
ID Requirements: You will need your Minnesota driver’s license or Minnesota identification card number. If you don't have one of these, you may use the last four numbers of your Social Security number. If you don't have either of these, use a paper application and you may be prompted to show proof of residence at the polling place.
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. Click on this link to view Voter Registration forms in a different language.
By fax: Contact your local election office for faxing options.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: Minnesota absentee ballot application
In person: All voters can vote early in person with an absentee ballot at your county election office. In addition to your county election office, some cities and towns offer in-person absentee voting. Check with your city clerk's office for more information.
For most elections, absentee voting locations must be open during their normal business hours starting 46 days before the election. In addition, locations offering absentee ballots for federal, state or county elections must be open:
-The last Saturday before Election Day (10 a.m. — 3 p.m.)
-The day before Election Day until 5 p.m.
-This does not apply to school districts holding standalone elections.
Some local jurisdictions may provide additional absentee voting days or hours beyond the above required days and times. Call your jurisdiction 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). You can apply for a ballot any time during the year, except the day of the election. Leave time for election officials to mail your ballot and for you to return it on or before Election Day.
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. You will need a witness when you vote and complete your ballot. The witness can be either a registered Minnesota voter or a notary. Your witness must sign the signature envelope and list their address. Notaries should write their name and title, sign the signature envelope, and affix their notary stamp.
Mail the ballot and forms back right away after you finish. Your ballot will not count if it is received after Election Day.Postmark dates do not matter, only the date the ballot arrives. You can also return your ballot in person no later than 3 p.m. on Election Day to the election office that sent your ballot. You can drop off ballots for up to three other voters.
Early voting qualifications: Early voting/absentee voting is available for all voters.
Verifying Registration: Minnesota voter registration
Deciding how to vote: https://votesmart.org/
Polling Place:Minnesota polling places
ID Requirements: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 and 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: Here are your Rights
Problems with voting: Minnesota Election Complaint Forms
Verifying provisional ballot status: Minnesota is exempt from provisional ballot laws due to same day voter registration.
Verifying absentee ballot status: Absentee ballot status
Need help: Call us at 1-877-600-VO TE (8683) or contact your county election office.