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Minnesota Election Information

Upcoming Elections in Your State

2014 Primary Election: August 12, 2014

2014 General Election: November 4, 2014

For more information, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State website.

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When You Can Vote

Polling Place Hours

Most polling places open at 7:00 a.m. but a few polling places in small townships outside the eleven-county metropolitan area may open as late as 10:00 a.m.  Please contact your County Auditor or Township Clerk for details.  All polling places close at 8:00 p.m. 

For information on early voting, see below.

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Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place

Visit the Minnesota Secretary of State's Poll Finder webpage.

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Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

2014 Primary Election: July 21, 2014 & Same-Day

2014 General Election: October 21, 2014 & Same-Day

The last day to pre-register to vote is 21 days before Election Day. You can download a voter registration application here, and find contact information for your county elections official here.

To register to vote you need to provide your Minnesota driver's license number or Minnesota ID number. If you do not have a Minnesota driver's license or Minnesota ID, you will need to provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you have none of these, indicate that information on the relevant part of the voter registration form.

Election Day Registration

If you are not registered to vote or need to update your registration information, you may do so at your polling location on Election Day. You need to provide proof of residence, and there are two ways to do this:

  1. Present one of the following:
  • A valid Minnesota Driver's License, a learner's permit, a Minnesota ID card, or a receipt for any of these containing a valid address in the precinct;
  • 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 name, picture, signature and address in the precinct;
  • A valid registration in the same precinct under a different name or address;
  • A notice of late registration that was 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; or
  • An authorized employee of a residential facility where you reside who can confirm your address with a signed oath (the residential facility must provide a list of employees to election officials).

OR

2. Present a photo ID from the list below and a bill in your name that shows your current address and is due within 30 days of the date of the election.

  • Acceptable Photo IDs: Minnesota Driver's License; Minnesota ID Card; United States Passport; United States Military ID card; Minnesota University or Technical College ID card; Tribal ID card.
  • Acceptable Bills, due within 30 days of the election: Telephone (landline, cell, VOIP, etc.); TV (cable, satellite, etc.); Internet services; Electric; Gas; Solid Waste; Sewer Services; Water; Rent statement dated within 30 days of Election Day that itemizes utilities; Current student fee statement.

Identification Required for Registration

To register to vote you need to provide your Minnesota driver's license number or Minnesota ID number. If you do not have a Minnesota driver's license or Minnesota ID, you will need to provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you have none of these, write "NONE" in box #10b of your voter registration application.

Registration Requirements

To be eligible to register and vote in Minnesota 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
  • not have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law


How to Check Your Registration

To verify your voter registration status, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s registration information page.

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Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

Absentee Voting

You can vote absentee in Minnesota for the following reasons:

  • You will be absent from your precinct on Election Day;
  • Illness or disability;
  • You are serving as an election judge in another precinct;
  • Religious discipline or religious holiday or observance; or
  • Eligible emergency declared by the governor or quarantine declared by the federal or state government.

You may cast an absentee ballot either in-person (also called early voting), through the mail, or by a designated agent.

In-Person Absentee Voting/Early Voting

Starting 46 days prior to Election Day, eligible voters may vote early (also called in-person absentee voting) at their county auditor’s office. Early voting is also available at some city or township clerk’s offices.

Early voting is available on weekdays during business hours. In addition, the County Auditor’s office may be open for in-person absentee voting from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the Saturday before the election, and until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election. Contact your County Auditor for more information. You can also check to see if you live in one of the municipalities that administer absentee voting.

 Absentee Voting By Mail

Follow the following steps to submit your absentee ballot via mail:

  1. Complete an Absentee Ballot Application and submit it to your local election official by mail, fax, or email.
  • You can find the contact information for your county elections official using the Election Official Directory.
  • Your ballot will be sent to you when it is ready, and at least 46 days prior to the election if you applied for the absentee ballot in advance. If you apply for an absentee ballot within 46 days of the election, your ballot will arrive within a few days of your application being received.

2. Once you receive your ballot, follow the enclosed instructions carefully and return the completed ballot as soon as possible. Your ballot must be received by the local election official who sent it to you by Election Day, or it will not be counted. There are four ways to return your absentee ballot:

  • Mail the ballot back in the prepaid envelope provided by your local election official;
  • Deliver the ballot in person to your local election official before 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election;
  • Have someone else return your completed ballot, sealed in its envelope, to your local election official until 3:00 p.m. on Election Day (NOTE: Persons delivering ballots may not do so for more than three voters.); or
  • Pay for package delivery service to return your ballot. Your local election official must receive your ballot by 3:00 p.m. on Election Day.

You can check the status of your absentee ballot using the absentee ballot lookup website.

Absentee Voting By Designated Agent

The following voters may authorize another person (known as their "agent") to pick up and return an absentee ballot for them during the seven days before the election:

  • Patients in hospitals, residential treatment centers, and nursing homes;
  • Residents of group homes;
  • Residents of battered women's shelters;
  • Residents of assisted living facilities;
  • Voters who are disabled; and
  • Voters who would have difficulty getting to the polls because of incapacitating health reasons.

If you are currently living in a residential facility but not sure if it meets the qualifications listed above, ask the administrator of your facility.

In order to have an agent deliver your ballot, you must complete the Request for Agent Delivery of Absentee Ballot Form and the Absentee Ballot Application. You must have a preexisting relationship with your agent. The agent will use the completed forms to pick up a ballot, bring the ballot to you, and return your completed ballot to the county auditor or city clerk. Each agent is only allowed to deliver and return ballots for a maximum of three voters.

This activity may only occur the seven days preceding an election. Ballots can be picked up until 2:00 p.m. on Election Day, and completed ballots must be returned by 3:00 p.m. on Election Day.

For an overview of how agent delivery works, view the Agent Delivery Process flowchart.

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Identification Requirements

You only need ID to vote if you have not registered before arriving at the polling precinct.  However, if you have not registered to vote prior to arriving at your polling precinct, you may register on the day of the election.  In addition, under federal law, first-time voters who registered by mail and did not provide identification at that time are required to do so at the polling place. 

There are two ways to provide the required identification:

  1. Present one of the following:
  • A valid Minnesota Driver's License, a learner's permit, a Minnesota ID card, or a receipt for any of these containing a valid address in the precinct;
  • 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 name, picture, signature and address in the precinct;
  • A valid registration in the same precinct under a different name or address;
  • A notice of late registration that was 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; or
  • An authorized employee of a residential facility where you reside who can confirm your address with a signed oath (the residential facility must provide a list of employees to election officials).

OR

2. Present a photo ID from the list below and a bill in your name that shows your current address and is due within 30 days of the date of the election.

  • Acceptable Photo IDs: Minnesota Driver's License; Minnesota ID Card; United States Passport; United States Military ID card; Minnesota University or Technical College ID card; Tribal ID card.
  • Acceptable Bills, due within 30 days of the election: Telephone (landline, cell, VOIP, etc.); TV (cable, satellite, etc.); Internet services; Electric; Gas; Solid Waste; Sewer Services; Water; Rent statement dated within 30 days of Election Day that itemizes utilities; Current student fee statement.

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If You Have Moved Within Your State

Minnesota provides automatic registration updates for voters who move within the state and complete the U.S. Postal Service change-of-address form.  Voters who have moved or changed addresses may also update their information by completing a voter registration application using their new residence address prior to voting. You may also register to vote at the polls on Election Day; see the section titled “Registering to Vote,” above.

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If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Minnesota-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.  Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's Minnesota-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline.  The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices.  The FWAB may also be used  to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step.  If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Minnesota-specific FWAB page.

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If You Have a Felony Conviction

Those who have committed a felony are authorized to vote in Minnesota once their civil rights have been restored. In Minnesota, an individual's civil rights are restored upon completion of their full sentence, including any probation or parole. Upon completion of the sentence, a person with a felony conviction should register to vote.  A person with a felony conviction may also use the same-day registration, but that may add difficulties in case the correct paperwork has not reached the appropriate county.  For more information, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State website.

For more information, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State website, or click here to download a Minnesota Election Protection manual created by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and its pro bono law firm partners.

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Election Protection Materials

Voting information in other languages, including English, Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese is available from the Minnesota Secretary of State website.

FAQ

Manual

Voter Checklist

For more information for voters with mental disabilities, visit The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and National Disability Rights Network’s document: “Voting Rights Guide for People with Mental Disabilities

For more information for student voters, visit the Minnesota Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

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