Minnesota Voting Quick Facts
Who Can Register to vote in Minnesota
Under federal law, if you move within 30 days of a presidential election, you are allowed to vote for President and Vice President in your former state of residence, either in person or by absentee ballot.
Your registration remains current until you move, change your name, or do not vote for four consecutive years. You may update your registration information by completing another Voter Registration Application.
Use the Voter Registration Lookup to find out if you're already registered to vote at your current address.
You are eligible to vote in the state of Minnesota if you:
- will be at least 18-years-old on Election Day
- are a citizen of the United States
- will have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
- have any felony conviction record discharged, expired, or completed
- are not under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights
- have not been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law
Registering on Election Day
If you are not registered to vote or need to update your registration information, you may do so at your local polling location on Election Day as long as you can provide proof of residence.
How Do I Register To Vote in Minnesota
Mail or drop off your application to either your county election office
Click here to download the Mail-In Voter Registration Form
You can register to vote online
Click here to Register Online
Voting At The Polls On Election Day
WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF IDENTIFICATION FOR VOTING
Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in Minnesota
Both Democrats and Republicans hold Open Primaries
A primary is an election, typically held in August, that gives voters a chance to decide which candidates will represent their political party in the November general election. Primaries can also be used in nonpartisan races to reduce the number of candidates that go on to the general election. For example, in an election to fill one office, the top two candidates from the primary will go on to the general election.
How to Vote in a Primary
- In a partisan primary election, you can only vote for candidates from one political party. The front of the ballot will have a column for each major political party. You are free to choose any one political party on the ballot. Voting for candidates from more than one party voids all votes on the party portion of the ballot.
- You are not required to publicly declare affiliation with a party—Minnesota does not have political party registration.
- No write-in votes are allowed.
- On the back of the ballot, there may be nonpartisan races for local and judicial candidates who are not affiliated with political parties. Since these candidates do not have a party affiliation, you can choose any candidate in as many of the races as you like.
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Who Can Vote Absentee in Minnesota
You can vote early by using an absentee ballot, instead of voting in person at the polling place on Election Day. You can vote absentee by mail or in person. Absentee ballots are available 46 days before an election.
Vote Absentee In Person
Starting 46 days before the election, you can request, receive and cast an absentee ballot in one visit to a local election office.
- To find where to vote absentee in person for the 2015 General Election (November 3, 2015), contact the city,
township or school district holding the election.
- To vote absentee in a special election for a county, state or federal office, visit your county election office.
Absentee Voting Hours
- Absentee Voting Hours Starting 46 days before the election, absentee voting locations
must be open during their normal business hours. In addition, locations offering absentee ballots for
county, state or federal 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.
Vote Absentee By Mail
- Requesting Your Ballot by Mail To vote absentee by mail:
- Complete and submit an absentee ballot application online (only for state, federal or county elections).
- Or, download an absentee ballot application and mail, fax or email it to your local elections office.
- You do not need to be registered to vote to request an absentee ballot. Election officials will mail the
absentee ballot materials to you soon after receiving your application.
Military or Overseas Voter?
- Military or Overseas Voter? Voters in the military and citizens living outside the United States use a different
process to vote absentee.
- Application Deadline. There is no specific deadline. However, if you apply for a ballot too close to
Election Day, your ballot may not arrive in the mail in time, or you may not have time to complete and return it.
Ballots must be received by election officials on or before Election Day. To avoid these problems, apply for your ballot early.
What If My Address Has Changed
What is my voting residence?
- Some students are not sure whether to use their campus address or their parentâs address as their voting residence. Vote from whichever you consider to be your home. Voting rules are different in other states. If your voting residence is not in Minnesota, visit your home stateâs election information website.
I am moving away from Minnesota
- If you move from Minnesota to another state within 30 days before Election Day, you might not be eligible to vote in your new state.
- In this case, you can send a Presidential Absentee Application from the county election office of the county you last resided in. You will receive a ballot for U.S. president and vice-president.
- To be eligible, you must have moved from Minnesota between Sunday, October 9, 2016 and Tuesday, November 8 (Election Day).
I am moving to Minnesota
- To vote in Minnesota, you must live in the state for at least 20 days before Election Day. If you meet this requirement, you can register to vote on Election Day.
- If you have lived in Minnesota for fewer than 20 days before Election Day, you cannot vote in Minnesota for that election. However, you will be able to cast a presidential absentee ballot.
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