Voting Guide

Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before Election Day

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



  • 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 Registration Deadline: October 13

  • General Election: November 3

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.

If you register to vote online, you will need a Minnesota driver’s license number, learner’s permit, photo ID card 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 a couple options. These include:


  1. Showing an ID with current name and address such as a valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit or ID, or a tribal ID with name, address, photo and signature;

  2. Showing a Photo ID, even an expired one, and a different document with your current name and address, including any combination of a driver's license, state ID or learner’s permit issued by any state, a U.S. Passport, a U.S. Military or Veteran’s Health Identification Card, tribal ID with name, photo, and signature, a Minnesota university, college or technical college ID, a Minnesota high school ID, and/or any of the following documents, which can be shown on an electronic device: a bill, account or start-of-service statement due or dated within 30 days of the election for any utility, including phone, TV, Internet, solid waste, sewer, electric, gas or water, banking or credit card, rent or mortgage, residential lease or rent agreement valid through Election Day, or current student fee statement;

  3. 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); OR

  4. Showing college student ID if your college has provided a student housing list


Finally, 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.

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

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

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/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.


You must fill out your absentee ballot in front of another registered Minnesota voter or a notary and submit your absentee ballot either by mailing it or by hand-delivering it to your local elections office. If you are submitting your ballot by mail, it must be received by your local elections office before polls close on 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 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

All Minnesota voters may vote “absentee” in person beginning 46 days before Election Day. Unregistered voters may register by bringing proof of address with them to their early voting location.

County elections offices serve as early voting locations during their normal business hours. Cities and towns may provide additional early voting locations as well. All early voting locations are open the last Saturday before Election Day and the day before Election Day. For more information on early voting locations and hours, contact your county election office or city clerk’s office


Election Day

Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you must be allowed to vote.

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 is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed North Carolina legal professional.
Last updated March 2019