VOTING IN MINNESOTA
 

 
VOTER REGISTRATION

Forms and Deadlines

Get a Registration Form

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
By-Mail: Postmarked twenty-one (21) days before Election Day.
In-Person: Twenty-one (21) days before Election Day.

NOTE: Voters may register at their polling place on Election Day after the deadline. See ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION for more info.

To find where to register in person, or for more information:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your County Election Office

Online Registration

Voters may register to vote or update their information ONLINE. To register online, voters must have a valid Minnesota Driver's License or non-driver State ID OR the last four digits of their social security number.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Twenty-one (21) days before Election Day.

NOTE: Voters may register at their polling place on Election Day after the deadline. See ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION for more info.

Election Day Registration

Voters may register to vote at their polling place on Election Day, but must provide proof of residence in order to do so. Click HERE for more info.

Automatic Registration

Currently, voters are NOT automatically registered to vote.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which will automatically register eligible Minnesota residents to vote when they apply for a driver's license or interact with other state agencies.

Can you pre-register?

LIMITED. Voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before the next Election may register to vote.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation that will permit eligible voters to pre-register to vote after they turn sixteen (16) as well as automatically pre-register them to vote if they apply for a driver's license.

Have you moved?

If a registered voter has moved within the state of Minnesota but has not updated their voter registration information.

Moved WITHIN the SAME Precinct
Voters can vote a regular ballot after providing their name and previous address.

Moved to a NEW County
Voters can re-register at their new polling place on Election Day but must provide proof of residence. Click HERE for more info.

Click HERE to find your polling place.

Safe at Home

Voters who are members of the Safe at Home program may choose to keep their address confidential and use their Safe at Home address when registering to vote. Voters can go HERE for more information on registering, or how to join the program.

 

 
VOTING

Early Voting

Minnesota is a No-Excuse Absentee Voting state which means all voters may vote an absentee ballot in person (aka "early vote) at their County Election Office and vote that ballot at the same time.

See ABSENTEE VOTING for more info.

Ask your state representatives to expand in-person early voting to all Minnesota voters.

Vote-by-Mail

Minnesota is a No-Excuse Absentee Voting state which allows all voters to vote an absentee ballot by mail.

See ABSENTEE VOTING for more information.

Absentee Voting

Minnesota is a No-Excuse Absentee Voting state which allows all voters to vote an absentee ballot by mail or in person (aka "early voting").

Apply for an Absentee Ballot
Vote Early In Person

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Voters can apply at any time except Election Day, but should leave time for election officials to mail their ballot and to return it on or before Election Day.

DEADLINE EXCEPTION
Voters who becomes hospitalized on the day before the election may apply for an absentee ballot on election day, and can have the absentee ballot delivered by election officials.

For more info on Absentee Voting:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your County Election Office
Track your ballot

Do you need Voter ID?

Voters who need to register to vote or update their registration, or who have not voted in four or more years will need to show proof of residence when voting at the polls. Voters can go HERE for more info.

Provisional Ballots

Minnesota does not use Provisional Ballots.

Polling Hours

7:00am to 8:00pm, Central Time Zone

IMPORTANT: If you are in line by 8:00pm you are guaranteed the right to vote. Do NOT get out of line.

NOTE: Municipalities with fewer than 500 registered voters can open as late as 10 a.m. Voters can contact their County Election Office for hours and more information.

Primary Election Rules

Voters do not need to affiliate with a party in order to vote in a Primary Election, but must choose one party's ballot.

Youth Vote in Primary?

LIMITED. Registered voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before a Presidential Election may vote in the Presidential Primary.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which allows voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before a General or Special Election to vote in the preceding Primary Election.

Having a problem?

If you are experiencing difficulty voting, intimidation from poll workers or other voters, long lines, broken machines, a closed or incorrect polling station, or any other obstacle keeping you from casting your ballot, call the:

Election Protection Hotline
• English 866-687-8683
• Spanish 888-839-8682
• Arabic 844-925-5287
• Asian (multiple) 888-274-8683

 

 
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

College Students

Students from out-of-state attending college in Minnesota, or students who already live in Minnesota but attend college in another part of the state can visit the:

Official State Website
Campus Project

Military/Overseas

For more info on registering to vote and voting, Military and Overseas voters can go to the:

Official State Website
Federal Voting Assistance Program
Overseas Vote Foundation

Felony conviction?

Voters convicted of a felony will have their right to vote automatically restored after:

  • completing their term of incarceration
  • completing their parole
  • completing their probation

ADDITIONAL INFO
• Voters who lost their right to vote MUST re-register to vote.
• For more assistance, voters can use the Campaign Legal Center's website to Restore Your Vote.

Have a disability?

Voters with a disability who need more information about accessibility and voting can visit the Official State Website.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: We try to have the most current and complete information. But, if you think something is incorrect or incomplete, please feel free to LET US KNOW so we can correct it. Furthermore, we encourage voters to contact their state election officials if they have any questions.