Minnesota Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before Election Day
  • You may also register on Election Day at your polling location
Online voter registration, paper voter registration forms, polling locations, and more information can be found at mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/

What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

  • To register online you need a Minnesota Driver’s License number or ID card, or the last four digits of your social security number.
  • First time voters who registered to vote by mail must provide a driver’s license number or last four digits of their Social Security number, or a copy of a current and valid photo ID, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document with a current name and address, when they register or the first time they vote.
  • If you register on Election Day, you will need to show proof of address.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

Two groups of Minnesota voters have to show ID before voting: first-time voters who registered by mail or a registration drive whose driver’s license numbers or the last four digits of their Social Security Number were not verified by the state; and those who didn’t include a copy of an ID with the mailed or registration drive application. These voters will need to either submit a copy of one of the acceptable IDs in advance, show ID while voting in person, or mail a copy with their absentee ballot. For those voters, acceptable ID includes:

  • a current photo ID that shows your Minnesota address;
  • a photo ID without current address (e.g. student ID, passport, military ID) and a bill (due within 30 days of the election) such as a utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck; or
  • proof of address and identification by voucher – any registered voter in your precinct can confirm your address with a signed oath if they know you live in the election district.

Where Do I Vote?

  • Polling place locator online at http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/
  • Voters must cast their ballots in the correct precinct. Sometimes there are multiple precincts in one polling place, so confirm your precinct ahead of time and get in the correct line!

How Can I Vote?

By Mail via Absentee Ballot

If you “reasonably expect” to be absent from the precinct on Election Day or satisfies a few other criteria you are entitled to vote absentee.

  • You must apply to receive an absentee ballot. These applications are due the day before Election Day.
  • A blank application is available on the “Absentee Voting” webpage of the Secretary of State of Minnesota.

You may mail, email, or fax your application. Be sure to leave enough time for the ballot to be mailed to you and for you to mail it back. You may register to vote at the same time as you vote by absentee ballot, so long as you include a registration form and have shown your proof of address to the person who witnesses your ballot.

  • Mailed ballots must be received by Election Day.
  • You may also request ongoing absentee status.

Early In Person via Absentee Ballot

You can return your absentee ballot in person to your local election official’s office before 5 p.m. on the day before Election Day. If you are disabled or cannot get to the polls you may apply to have a designated agent return your completed ballot, sealed in its envelope, to your local election official until 3 p.m. on Election Day. Persons delivering ballots may not do so for more than three voters.

On Election Day at the Polls

The polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

This Guide was prepared by FELN staff who are not licensed to practice law in Minnesota and FELN intends that the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Minnesota legal professional.

Last updated June 2016