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 Official 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, your felony sentence has expired or been completed, or you have been discharged from the 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not be under a court‑ordered guardianship in which the right to vote has been revoked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 wintess 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
Early voting starts 46 days before Election Day.
Early voting ends the day before Election Day.
Minnesota voter ID
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
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.
Find everything you need to vote in our state election centers