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Frequently Asked Questions about Voting in Minnesota

  • Am I eligible to register and vote in Minnesota?

  • To be eligible, you must:

    • be at least 18-years-old on Election Day,
    • be a citizen of the United States,
    • have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day,
    • have any felony conviction record discharged, expired, or completed,
    • not be under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights, and
    • not have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law

  • How do I register to vote?
  • Early registration closed October 14th but you can register on election day.

  • What proof of residence will I need to bring to register on Election Day?
  • To register at your polling place on Election Day, you must bring one of the following with your current name and address to verify your residence in the precinct :

    • A valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, Minnesota ID card, or receipt for any of these
    • A valid student ID card including your photo, if your college has provided a student housing list to election officials
    • A Tribal ID card that contains your picture and signature
    • A valid registration in the same precinct under a different name or address
    • A notice of late registration sent to you by your county auditor or city clerk
    • A voter registered in the same precinct as you who can confirm your address with a signed oath
    • An employee of the residential facility where you live who can confirm your address with a signed oath
    • Both 1) a photo ID and 2) a current bill with your current name and address in the precinct. Valid forms of these two items are listed at MN Elections and Voting site.

  • Where do I vote?
  • Use the Polling Place Finder to get directions and maps to your polling place.

  • If I am out of town on Election day, how can I vote absentee?
  • Minnesota allows for absentee ballots for people who are unable to vote at their polling place on November 4th. Detailed instructions are available here.

Additional voter information can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State Elections and Voting site and their Voting Guide for College Students.

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