Minnesota

57% of 18-29 year olds voted in Minnesota in 2016*

*Source CIRCLE- Youth Voting and Civic Engagement in America

Your voter registration application must be received on or by October 13, 2020 if you wish to register online or by mail. Minnesota allows for same-day voter registration, meaning that you are able to register to vote up until Election Day.

Check Registration Status

Check your Minnesota voter registration status here

 

Eligibility

In order to register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old on Election Day, and a resident of Minnesota for 20 days.

  • It is possible to pre-register at 17 years old, but you must be 18 to vote. You must have completed all parts of any felony sentence, click here for more information. Unless a judge has specifically revoked your right to vote, you can vote while under guardianship. You cannot vote if a court has ruled that you are legally incompetent.
  • College students may choose to register to vote at either their home address OR at their college address. See more information here.

Deadline

Minnesota has same-day voter registration, meaning that you are able to register to vote up until the date of the General Election (November 3, 2020). You must register by October 13, 2020 if you wish to register online or by mail.

 

Voter Registration Process

There are three primary methods of registering to vote in Minnesota: online registration, mailing in a printable application, or in-person registration.

  • Minnesota does not practice automatic voter registration.
  • Further voter registration information for Minnesota can be found here.

This page was last updated for the 2020 Election.

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Minnesota offers early and absentee by-mail voting. Voters are encouraged to consider voting using one of these methods in order to minimize their risk of exposure to COVID-19. Because of COVID, voters do not need a witness for their absentee ballots. Voters who wish to register to vote when they cast their ballot by mail are required to verify their proof of residency if they register and vote by mail.

Vote-By-Mail Practices

There are no eligibility requirements to vote absentee in Minnesota, To vote by mail, you must apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to you. Absentee applications can be requested online or by fillling out a printable absentee application and returning it to your county election office by mail, fax or email.

  • You can vote early with an absentee ballot starting 46 days before the General Election on November 3rd (September 18, 2020). Refer to COVID specific information above for changes in application procedure.
  • You have until 3pm on Election Day to complete and return your absentee ballot to your clerk’s office. If you are mailing in your ballot, it must be postmarked on or before Election Day (November 3, 2020).
  • Further absentee voting information for Minnesota is listed here.
  • You do not need to be registered to vote to request an absentee ballot since a voter registration application will be included in the materials. However, you must show proof of registration when registering.

Early Voting

Minnesota offers early voting.

  • For most elections, you can vote early at your local elections office during normal business hours beginning 46 days before the election (September 18, 2020). For federal, state, or county elections, early voting locations must be open the last Saturday before the election (10am-3pm), and the day before the election until 5pm.

Poll Finder

Locate your polling place here.

 

Election Day Practices

On Election Day, polls are open 7am-8pm.

  • If your Minnesota voter registration is current and active, you do not need to provide identification at the polls. However, if you are a first-time voter who has not had your voter registration verified or someone planning to register to vote, you will need to provide proof of residency.
  • Further Minnesota voting information is listed here.

This page was last updated for the 2020 Election.

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