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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.

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Voting At The Polls On Election Day


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

  • 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.

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What If My Address Has Changed

What is my voting residence?

  • Some students are not sure whether to use their campus address or their parent’s 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 state’s 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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Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-8:00 PM

204C.05 STATE ELECTIONS; HOURS FOR VOTING. Subdivision 1: Opening and closing times. Except as otherwise provided in this section, at the state primary and the state general election the hours for voting in every precinct in the state shall begin at 7:00 a.m. and shall extend continuously until 8:00 p.m.
Subd. 1a.Elections; organized town. The governing body of a town with less than 500 inhabitants according to the most recent federal decennial census, which is located outside the metropolitan area as defined in section 200.02, subdivision 24, may fix a later time for voting to begin at state primary, special, or general elections, if approved by a vote of the town electors at the annual town meeting.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use to find out important voting information for your precinct. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Can I Register At The Polls 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.

Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

Every employee who is eligible to vote in an election has the right to be absent from work for the time necessary to appear at the employee's polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work on the day of that election, without penalty or deduction from salary or wages because of the absence. An employer or other person may not directly or indirectly refuse, abridge, or interfere with this right or any other election right of an employee.

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