Minnesota | Voting Guide

 
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Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before Election Day. Paper applications must be received by 5 p.m. and online registrations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m.


You may also register during absentee voting by-mail and in-person, and on Election Day at your voting location.


2020

  • Presidential Primary Election Registration Deadline: February 11

  • Presidential  Primary Election: March 3

  • Statewide Primary Election Registration Deadline: July 21

  • Statewide Primary Election: August 11

  • General Election Pre-Registration Deadline: October 13

  • General Election: November 3

 
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Official Election Websites
 
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Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.

 

Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.

 

You may only be registered and vote in one location.

 
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What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

If you register to vote online, you will need a Minnesota driver’s license or ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.


First-time voters who register through a paper application must provide a driver’s license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number. If election officials cannot match that number, you will need to provide a copy of a current and valid photo ID with your name and photo, or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document with your current name and address, when you register or the first time you vote.


If you choose to register on Election Day, you will need to show proof of address and identification. A full list of acceptable forms of proof can be found at https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/register-to-vote/register-on-election-day/. You have options. These include:

  • Showing an ID with your current name and address: a valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit or state ID, or a tribal ID with name, address, photo and signature

  • Showing a current or expired photo ID and a paper or digital document with your current address. Acceptable Photo IDs include: a driver’s license, learner’s permit, or state ID issues from any state; US passport; US Military or Veteran’s ID; Tribal ID with name, signature and photo; or Minnesota high school, university, college or technical college ID. Acceptable documents showing residency include: bill, account or start-of-service statement due or dated within 30 days of the election for: phone, TV, or internet, solid waste, sewer, electric, gas or water, banking or credit card, rent or mortgage; residential lease or rent agreement valid through Election Day; and current student fee statements

  • Having a registered voter *from your precinct* vouch for you and confirm your address by signing an oath (Note: A registered voter can vouch for up to eight voters. You cannot vouch for others if someone vouched for you)

  • Showing college student ID if your college has provided a student housing list

  •  If you registered to vote within 20 days of the election, you may get a Notice of Late Registration in the mail. If you do not appear on the rolls, you can use that as your proof of residence to register.

 
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What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

Minnesota voters with current and active registrations do not need to show ID before voting.

 
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Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

 
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How Can I Vote?

2020


By Mail

You may request an absentee ballot through either a paper application or an online application. If you apply for an absentee ballot online, you must provide an email address and a Minnesota-issued driver’s license or ID card number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. 


Absentee ballot applications must be submitted online or received by your local election office by the day before Election Day.


If you hand-deliver your absentee ballot, it must be received by your local elections office by no later than 3 p.m. on Election Day.


You can drop off ballots for up to three other voters. You will need to show identification with name and signature when returning a ballot for someone else.


You may register to vote at the same time as you vote by absentee ballot, so long as you include a registration form and have shown your proof of address to the person who witnesses your ballot.


Early In-person


Election Day

Voting sites for most cities and towns will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. For towns with less than 500 registered voters, it is not required to open until 10 a.m., though most open at 7 a.m. Contact your election officials if you are unsure of polling hours. 


If you are in line by the closing time, then you must be allowed to vote.

 
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Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:


Federal Financial Aid

Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA.


Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes.


Tuition Status

Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community.

 

Will registering to vote in Minnesota affect my driver’s license or car registration?

After becoming a Minnesota resident, you have sixty days to get a Minnesota driver’s license. For more information, you may wish to contact the Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety Division of Driver and Vehicle Services.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Minnesota legal professional.

 

Last updated September 2020