Registration Deadlines and Election Dates
- Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before Election Day
- Registration Deadline: October 18, 2016
- You may also register on Election Day at your polling location.
- Election Day: November 8, 2016
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?
- 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.