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How to Register to Vote

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You’ll need an email address and your Minnesota driver’s license, Minnesota ID card, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number (if you don’t have a Minnesota driver’s license or ID card)

Register Online


Check if you’re registered to vote

mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us

1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the Minnesota registration application or contact your county election office to have one sent to you

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Steps 1–2 · Check the boxes if you’re a US citizen and will be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8

Step 3 · Provide your name

Step 4 · Provide your address

Step 5 · Provide your mailing address (if different from Step 4)

Step 6 · Provide your date of birth

Step 7 · Provide your Minnesota driver’s license number or Minnesota ID card number. If you don’t have either, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

  • If you don’t have a Social Security number or either forms of Minnesota ID, check the box saying you don’t have any of these

Step 8 · (Optional) Provide your previous name or address if you’re updating your registration

Step 9 · Sign and date the form


3. Send the form.

Your completed form must be received by 5 PM on Oct 18 at the following address:

Secretary of State
60 Empire Drive
Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55103


Check if you’re registered to vote

mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us

1. Get the voter registration form.

Pick up the registration form at your county election office


2. Fill out the form

Steps 1–2 · Check the boxes if you’re a US citizen and will be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8

Step 3 · Provide your name

Step 4 · Provide your address

Step 5 · Provide your mailing address (if different from Step 4)

Step 6 · Provide your date of birth

Step 7 · Provide your Minnesota driver’s license number or Minnesota ID card number. If you don’t have either, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.

  • If you don’t have a Social Security number or either forms of Minnesota ID, check the box saying you don’t have any of these

Step 8 · (Optional) Provide your previous name or address if you’re updating your registration

Step 9 · Sign and date the form


3. Return the form.

Return your completed form in person by Oct 18 to your county election office or the following address:

Secretary of State
60 Empire Drive
Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55103

You can also return the form on Election Day, Nov 8 at your voting location. If you register at your voting location you need to prove your residence using one of these options:

Option 1: Bring one of the following that is not expired and has your current address:

  • Minnesota driver’s license
  • Minnesota learner’s permit
  • Minnesota state ID card
  • Tribal ID with name, address, photo and signature

Option 2: Bring a photo ID (expired or unexpired) plus a second document that has your current address.

Accepted photo IDs include:

  • Driver’s license, or ID issued by any state
  • Passport
  • Military or veteran ID
  • Minnesota university, college, or high school ID

Accepted documents with your current address include:

  • Utility bill
  • Banking or credit card bill
  • Rent or mortgage bill
  • Residential lease
  • Current student fee statement

Option 3: If you’re on your college’s housing list, show the election official your student ID


Check if you’re registered to vote

mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at a Minnesota address by Oct 19
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be serving any part of a felony conviction, including any probation, parole or other conditions such as restitution
  • Not currently be judged incompetent by a court
Online
October 18

Mail
October 18

In Person
October 18

How to Vote

Vote early
Sep 23–Nov 7

Vote by absentee ballot at your local election office

Bring an accepted ID, if required


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 7 AM–8 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted ID, if required.


Who can vote early

Any eligible voter can vote early in person.

Who can vote by mail

Any registered voter can vote by mail.


1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print the absentee ballot application, or request a ballot using the online form

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · To receive an absentee ballot for the general election on Nov 8, check the box for “general election only”

Step 2 · Provide your name

Step 3 · Provide your birthday, county where you live, phone number, and email address

Step 4 · Provide your Minnesota driver’s license number, ID card number, or last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have any of these, check the appropriate box.

Step 5 · Provide your address

Step 6 · Provide the address where you want your ballot mailed

Step 7 · Sign and date the form


3. Submit the form

Mail, fax, or email the form to your Circuit or Municipal Clerk’s office so it’s received by Nov 7. Apply in time for election officials to mail your ballot and for you to return it on or before Election Day, Nov 8.


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill it out
  • Your ballot must be received by mail or package delivery service at the address on the ballot return envelope no later than 8 PM on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Check the status of your ballot on mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote early
Sep 23–Nov 7

Vote by absentee ballot at your local election office

Bring an accepted ID, if required


Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 7 AM–8 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted ID, if required

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Minnesota, or register when you go to vote in person. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at a Minnesota address
  • Not be in jail or on parole for a felony
  • Not be currently judged incompetent by a court

ID requirements

You’re only required to show an ID when you vote if you’re registering to vote when you vote in person, or if your registration is not current and active

To register when you vote in person, bring one of the following:

  • A Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, ID, or receipt for any of these that has your current name and address
  • A tribal ID with your name, address, photo, and signature

If you don’t have any of these, bring a combination of photo ID and another document that shows your current name and address

  • Accepted photo IDs include an out-of-state driver’s license or ID, US passport, US military or veteran ID, Tribal ID with name, signature and photo, Minnesota university, college, technical college, or high school ID
  • Accepted documents to prove your residence include a current residential lease, current student fee statement, or a utility bill or bank statement with a date less than 30 days old

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Only if you are permanently disabled, unable to vote in person on Election Day due to your religion, an election judge in another precinct, or away from your home on an ongoing basis.
  • Contact your Local Election Official if you would like to apply for permanent absentee voter status.
  • Once you are approved, you’ll receive an absentee ballot application by mail before every election. You’ll still need to return the application, however, to receive your absentee ballot.
If you have already voted in Minnesota and have not moved or changed your name, you do not need to provide ID. If you have moved (even from one apartment to another) or changed your name, you will need to re-register to vote and will need to provide proof of residence. You can find the list of acceptable forms of proof of residence on the Minnesota Secretary of State website.