Minnesota Voting Guide

Registration Deadline: 20 days before Election Day  or register on Election Day in person at your polling location.
Online voter registration, paper voter registration forms, polling place locations, and more information can be found at https://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?

  • Preregistered voters do not need to bring additional ID.
  • If you register on Election Day, you will need to show proof of address.
  • First-time voters who register by mail and whose identifying numbers—i.e., your Minnesota driver’s license number, or non-driver ID card number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number—could not be verified by the state will have to show ID in order to vote or include a photocopy of ID with their mail-in registration form.

Acceptable proof of address and identification includes:

  • A valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, non-driver ID card, or a receipt for any of those three that shows your current address;
  • A current student photo ID card (provided your name appears on a housing list your school has provided to the county auditor);
  • A current student fee statement that includes your voting address (you will also need to show a photo ID);
  • A tribal identification card that has your current address, signature and picture;
  • Prior registration in the same precinct with a former name or address on the roster; or a “Notice of Late Registration” letter sent to you by your county auditor or city clerk.

You can also present any of the above IDs, or a U.S. passport, or a U.S. military ID, even if they do not show your current address, as long as you also present a bill (due within 30 days of the election) that shows your current address.

– Acceptable bills (whether delivered electronically or by mail) include those for telephone or cell phone service, television or internet services, electric, gas, water, garbage, solid waste, sewer services or a rent statement dated within 30 days of the election that itemizes utilities.

– Minnesota also allows for proof of address and identification by voucher, which means that 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
  • An eligible voter who “reasonably expects” to be absent from the precinct on Election Day or satisfies a few other criteria is entitled to vote absentee.
  • You must apply to receive an absentee ballot, and applications for absentee ballots are due the day before the election.
  • 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, but if you are planning to vote by mail, you should leave enough time for the ballot to be mailed to you and for you to mail it back in time for receipt on Election Day. – You may register to vote at the same time as you vote by absentee ballot, if you include a registration form with your absentee ballot and have your ballot witnessed by someone to whom you have shown proof of your address.
  • You may also request ongoing absentee status. You may return your completed absentee ballot in person or by mail.
  • If you mail in your ballot, it must be received by Election Day. 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 9, 2014