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Interested in promoting voter registration and engagement in your community?
Am I eligible to vote?
In order to vote, you must meet the following requirements.
- A U.S. citizen
- At least 18 years old on Election Day
- A resident of Minnesota for 20 days
- Finished with all parts of any felony sentence
- You can vote while under guardianship unless a judge specifically has revoked your right to vote.
- You cannot vote if a court has ruled that you are legally incompetent.
How will COVID-19 impact voters, polling place operations, and registration?
This may continue to be updated as time goes by: Protocol for limiting exposure must incorporate social distancing as much as possible. This means that crowded registration and polling places will not be commonplace in the upcoming elections in order to provide safety and protection for voters and poll workers.
How do I register to vote?
Find out if you’re already registered to vote here. If you are, skip to the “how can I vote” section. If you are not registered to vote, you can do so three different ways.
Register online to vote in the primary and general elections.
- You’ll need an email address, Minnesota driver’s license or identification card or last four digits of your social security number.
- You do not need an email address, Minnesota driver’s license or identification card, or social security number to register on paper.
- You will need to print the application and mail or drop it off.
How can I vote?
There are three ways to vote: in person on Election Day, early by mail, and early in person.
Voting in person on Election Day
You can vote in person on the August 11 and November 3 Election Days.
Voting early by mail
In Minnesota, you can vote early with an absentee ballot starting 46 days before Election Day.
- View requirements here.
- Apply for an absentee ballot here. You can apply online or via a printed application.
- A ballot will then be mailed to you. You must complete it and return your ballot.
- You can return your ballot via the mail but it must be postmarked on or before November 3 and received by your county by November 10. It’s recommended that you complete and return your absentee ballot as soon as possible to ensure your vote is counted.
- You can return your ballot in person no later than 3 p.m. on Election Day to the office that sent your ballot.
- A ballot will not count if it is received after Election Day.
Voting early in person
For most elections, absentee voting locations must be open starting 46 days before the election.
How can I stay safe while voting in person?
As some people vote in person this year, we want to help them stay as safe as possible at polling places. Below are some tips on how to keep yourself healthy.
- Review a sample ballot online ahead of time and determine how you’ll vote. This will help you save time at the polling place.
- Double-check your polling place’s address before you arrive.
- Pack your mask and some hand sanitizer.
- When you arrive, secure your mask and keep a distance of 6 feet between you and others.
- While there, avoid touching your face and personal belongings.
- Once you’re finished voting, leave the polling place and sanitize your hands.
- When you’re back home, wash your hands thoroughly before taking off your mask or touching your belongings.