Instructions for voting

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  • How To: Register to Vote

    Voter registration requirements and deadlines. Register to vote

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    Find out how, where, and when to vote. How to vote

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Get Out The Vote!

How to Register to Vote

Register Online

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

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at a Minnesota address by Oct 19
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 6
  • 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

How to Vote

Vote early
Sep 22–Nov 6

Vote by absentee ballot at your local election office

Bring an accepted ID, if required


Vote on Election Day
Nov 6

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.

Absentee ballot received by
November 6

Vote early
Sep 22–Nov 6

Vote by absentee ballot at your local election office

Bring an accepted ID, if required


Vote on Election Day
November 6

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 6
  • 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