Last updated on October 23, 2019 - as always, it's best to double check with your state for any recent changes to election rules in your state: Minnesota Election Website
Minnesota voter registration
In Person: Election Day.
By Mail: Received 21 days before Election Day.
Online: 21 days before Election Day.
If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and a cast a ballot at the same time during the in-person absentee voting period or on Election Day. Simply go to your regular in-person absentee voting site -- or to your regular polling place -- to register and vote. Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions.
To register in Minnesota you must:
be a citizen of the United States
be a resident of Minnesota for 20 days before the next election
maintain residence at the address given on the registration form
be at least 18 years old on Election Day
if previously convicted of a felony, have completed or been discharged from your sentence
not be under a court‑ordered guardianship in which the right to vote has been revoked
not be found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote
Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
A witness must sign your absentee ballot envelope to verify that your ballot was delivered blank and that you marked the ballot in private. The witness can be a notary from any state or a registered Minnesota voter.
Sign and date where indicated.
Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope. Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.
Minnesota early voting
46 days before Election Day.
1 day before Election Day.
Minnesota voter ID
If your voter registration is current and active, you do not need to show ID when you vote in person in Minnesota.
If you need to register or to update your registration for any reason (for example, if you have moved or have not voted in four or more years) when you vote, you will need to show proof of residence to vote. Proof of residence includes:
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 one of those, bring a combination of other 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.
If you are voting by absentee ballot, you do not need to provide ID when you vote, unless you are casting your absentee ballot in person and registering to vote at the same time you vote.
Local Election Office: This is the government office responsible for running elections in your region. Theses are the best people to contact if you have any questions at all about voting in your state.