Minnesota Election Information

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November 3, 2020 – General Election

Voter Registration Deadlines & Important Dates

2020 General Election: November 3, 2020.

Voter Pre-Registration Deadline: Online or by mail – October 13, 2020. Voters can also register on Election Day.

 

Absentee Voter Deadline: An absentee ballot may be requested any day before the election except election day itself. Absentee voting may be conducted in-person or by mail. In person absentee voting is conducted by turning your ballot in by 3:00 p.m. on November 3, 2020, to the election office that sent your ballot. You may not turn it in at a polling location. If you mail your ballot, it must be postmarked by Election Day, Nov 3rd, and received by November 10, 2020, to be counted. For more information on absentee voting, see “When You Can Vote.” Early voting is conducted starting Friday, September 18, 2020 and ends on Monday, November 2, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

 

For more information, visit http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/election-day-voting/.

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When You Can Vote

Election Day:

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. central time on Election Day. In some rural communities and unorganized territories with less than 500 inhabitants, polling places may not be open until 10:00 a.m. For more information on voting hours, check https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/election-day-voting/voting-hours/.

 

Early Voting:

In Person – One-stop absentee voting is conducted starting 46 days before the election (Friday, September 18, 2020) and ends at 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election (Monday, November 2, 2020). For locations and hours available for in-person absentee voting, check http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/cities-and-towns-with-in-person-absentee-voting/ or call the county election office, which can be found by accessing http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/find-county-election-office/. Note that you do NOT have to be registered to vote to utilize in-person absentee voting—if an individual is not registered to vote, they will need to complete a voter registration form and show proof of residence at the elections office before voting absentee.

By Mail – You can submit a request for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you at any time during the year, except the day of the election by accessing https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/ABRegistration/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx . Voters are encouraged to vote by mail using an absentee ballot given the COVID-19 pandemic. Voters should submit their absentee ballot requests as soon as possible for the upcoming election to leave time for election officials to mail your ballot and for you to return it. Your ballot will not count if it is received after the deadline. For the general election, the ballot must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 3, 2020, and received by November 10, 2020.

After you vote on the ballot, return it to the county election office, either by mail or in person. The deadline to return an absentee ballot depends on the method by which it is submitted:

  • By mail: If you mail your ballot, it will not count if it is received after the deadline. For the primary election your ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day (Tuesday, November 3, 2020) and received by your county no later than 7 days after Election Day (November 10, 2020). Note you do not have to affix postage to the ballot. It is pre-paid by the election official.
  • In person: If you hand deliver your own ballot to the county election office that sent you the ballot, you must do so by 3 p.m. on Election Day.
  • In person by another person: If another person hand delivers your ballot to the county election office, that individual must do so by 3:00 p.m. on Election Day. This individual can drop off their own ballot and ballots for up to three other voters. This individual will need to show identification with name and signature when returning a ballot for someone else.
  • Agent delivery: In special situations, you may ask an agent to pick up and return an absentee ballot for you. See requirements here: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/vote-early-by-mail/.

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Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place: Visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s “Polling Place Finder” at https://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/.

Curbside voting is available for anyone who cannot enter the polling place for any reason, including concerns for their health. If you choose curbside voting, two election judges will bring out a ballot to your vehicle. If you need to register or update your registration, they will bring you an application as well. For more information on curbside voting, check https://www.sos.state.mn.us/election-administration-campaigns/elections-calendar/2020-elections-and-covid-19/?searchTerm=curbside.

Vote Early: Voters in Minnesota can vote early with an absentee ballot starting 46 days before Election Day (Friday, September 18, 2020) and up to the day before the election at 5 p.m. (Monday, November 2, 2020). Absentee voting may be conducted in-person or by mail. For locations and hours available for in-person absentee voting, check http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/cities-and-towns-with-in-person-absentee-voting/ or call the county election office, which can be found by accessing http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/find-county-election-office/. Note that you do NOT have to be registered to vote to utilize in-person absentee voting—if an individual is not registered to vote, they will need to complete a voter registration form and show proof of residence at the elections office before voting absentee. For additional information on absentee voting, see “When You Can Vote.”

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Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines: There is no registration deadline to vote in Minnesota. A voter may register on the day of the election at their polling place. However, many voters will choose to register to vote prior to Election Day to save time at the polling station. If a voter wishes to register prior to Election Day, they may do so by completing a voter registration application, either in person, by mail or electronically by the pre-registration deadline, at least 21 days prior to Election Day. If done online, the application must be completed by 11:59 p.m. 21 days before the election. If completed by paper, the application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. 21 days before the election. Voters are encouraged to register to vote prior to requesting an absentee ballot so as to avoid the witness requirement for the November election.

If the person requesting an absentee ballot is already registered to vote they don’t need to have witness with new voter registration for UNLESS they need to make an update on their original voter registration, ex. they got married/divorce and their name and/or address is different. If the info on the absentee ballot is not EXACTLY the same as what they have on their original voter registration record, the ballot with NOT be counted.

Voter registration applications submitted by mail must be received by the election official by 5:00 p.m. on the pre-registration deadline to be processed for the upcoming election, and applications completed online must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the pre-registration deadline.  If a voter misses the deadline, though, they can register at their polling place on Election Day.

 

How to Check Your Registration: To determine if you are registered to vote at your current address, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s voter registration check web page at https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/VoterStatus.aspx or call 866-OUR-VOTE.

 

Registration Eligibility: A person may vote in Minnesota on Election Day if the person:

  • is at least 18 years old on Election Day;
  • is a citizen of the United States;
  • has resided in Minnesota for at least 20 days immediately preceding Election Day; and
  • finished with all parts of any felony conviction sentence including probation and parole

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 to Register: Minnesota residents may register in person, by mail, or online.

  1. On Election Day—In-Person

You may register on the day of the election at your polling place. To register at your polling place on Election Day, bring one proof of residence. For acceptable forms of proof of residence, see “Identification Requirements.”

  1. Absentee Voter Registration

If you are voting by absentee ballot and you are not registered to vote, you will get a registration application in your absentee ballot materials. To register, show your witness one of the identification options listed in “Identification Requirements.” The witness must mark which form of identification you showed them on your signature envelope.

  1. Registration Before Election Day

You may register to vote for an election online, by mail, or in-person before an election if you do so before the election’s Pre-Registration Deadline (October 13, 2020 for the general election).

Online

You may register to vote online at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website (https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/VoterRegistration/VoterRegistrationMain.aspx). You will need an e-mail address to use the online application.

By Mail or In Person

To register to vote by mail or in person, you must mail or drop off a completed voter registration application to either your county election official (http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/find-county-election-office/); or to:

Secretary of State
60 Empire Drive
Suite 100
Saint Paul, MN 55103

The paper voter registration application form can be downloaded from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s webpage at http://www.sos.state.mn.us/media/1587/voter-registration-application.pdf. You may also look up your local county election office’s mailing address from the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website at http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/find-county-election-office/.

 

Information Required for Registration Online or By Mail: To register to vote online or by mail, a person will be asked to provide either a Minnesota issued driver’s license number, a Minnesota ID card number or the last four digits of their social security number. If a person does not have any of those numbers, the voter will need to use a paper application and will be added to the voter rolls but required to show proof of residence at the polls on Election Day. More information about acceptable proof of residence is provided below in the “Identification Requirements” section.

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Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

In Person – One-stop absentee voting is conducted starting 46 days before the election (Friday, September 18, 2020) and ends at 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election (Monday, November 2, 2020). For locations and hours available for in-person absentee voting, check http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/cities-and-towns-with-in-person-absentee-voting/ or call the county election office, which can be found by accessing http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/find-county-election-office/. Note that you do NOT have to be registered to vote to utilize in-person absentee voting—if an individual is not registered to vote, they will need to complete a voter registration form and show proof of residence at the elections office before voting absentee.

 

By Mail – You can submit a request for an absentee ballot to be mailed to you at any time during the year, except the day of the election by accessing https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/ABRegistration/ABRegistrationStep1.aspx . Voters are encouraged to vote by mail using an absentee ballot given the COVID-19 pandemic. Voters should submit their absentee ballot requests as soon as possible for the upcoming election to leave time for election officials to mail your ballot and for you to return it. Your ballot will not count if it is received after the deadline. For the general election, the ballot must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 3, 2020, and received by November 10, 2020.

After you vote on the ballot, return it to the county election office, either by mail or in person. The deadline to return an absentee ballot depends on the method by which it is submitted:

  • By mail: If you mail your ballot, it will not count if it is received after the deadline. For the primary election your ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day (Tuesday, November 3, 2020) and received by your county no later than 7 days after Election Day (November 10, 2020). Note you do not have to affix postage to the ballot. It is pre-paid by the election official.
  • In person: If you hand deliver your own ballot to the county election office that sent you the ballot, you must do so by 3 p.m. on Election Day.
  • In person by another person: If another person hand delivers your ballot to the county election office, that individual must do so by 3:00 p.m. on Election Day. This individual can drop off their own ballot and ballots for up to three other voters. This individual will need to show identification with name and signature when returning a ballot for someone else.
  • Agent delivery: In special situations, you may ask an agent to pick up and return an absentee ballot for you. See requirements here: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/vote-early-by-mail/.

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Identification Requirements

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

If a voter is already registered to vote, no identification is required at the polling place. An individual seeking to vote must sign a polling place roster or voter signature certificate which affirms the voter’s eligibility to vote. An elections judge may, before the voter signs, ask them to confirm their name, address and date of birth. If poll workers turn you away for failing to provide ID, call 866-OUR-VOTE immediately.

 

Only individuals who are registering to vote at their precinct on Election Day should be asked to show ID. Acceptable proof of identification1 includes:

  • A government-issued ID with the voter’s current name and address (exhaustive list below)
    • A MN driver’s license, MN learner’s permit, MN state ID card, or a receipt for a MN driver’s license, learner’s permit, or state ID
    • A tribal ID card with the voter’s name, address, photo and signature
  • A photo ID AND a document with the voter’s name and address. Note that the ID can be expired and the document can be shown on an electronic device like a smartphone or tablet.
    • The acceptable photo IDs are:
      • Driver’s license, state ID card, or learner’s permit issued by any U.S. state
      • S. passport
      • S. military ID card
      • Tribal ID card with the voter’s photo, name, and signature
      • Minnesota university, college or technical college ID card
      • Minnesota high school ID card
    • The acceptable documents to demonstrate the voter’s name and address (which must be provided ALONG with one of the above photo IDs) are:
      • A bill, account statement, or start of service statement due or dated within 30 days of the election for: phone service (landline, cell, VOIP, etc.); TV (cable, satellite, etc.); Internet service; solid waste or sewer services; electric; gas; water; banking or credit card; or rent or mortgage payments
      • Residential lease or rental agreement that is valid through Election Day
      • Current student fee statement
    • A registered voter from the individual’s precinct can go with the voter to the polling place to sign an oath confirming the voter’s address. A registered voter can vouch for up to eight others. A voter who registers by being vouched for cannot vouch for others.
    • College students can use a student photo ID card (without providing additional documentation) if their college provided a student housing list to election officials and they are on the list.
    • If a voter was previously registered in the precinct but changed names or moved within the same precinct, the voter only needs to tell the elections official her previous name or address — no additional documentation is needed.
    • If an individual pre-registered to vote too close to Election Day, they may have received a Notice of Late Registration in the mail. This notice can be used to register at the polling place on Election Day without further documentation.
    • If an individual lives in a residential facility, a facility staff person can go with them to the polling place to confirm their address. The staff person must either be on a list provided by the facility before the election or be able to demonstrate employment at the facility.

1 https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/register-to-vote/register-on-election-day/

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If You Have Moved Within Your State

Moving within the Same Precinct

  • To vote in-person on Election Day, the voter should go to the polling place assigned to their new address (which should be the same as the one for their old address, if the voter has moved within the precinct). There, the voter only needs to tell the elections official their previous address — no additional documentation is needed.
  • To vote early in-person, the voter only needs to tell the elections official their previous address — no additional documentation is needed.
  • To vote by absentee ballot (mail), the voter may use their previous name or address — no additional documentation is needed.

 

Moving Between Precincts

  • To vote in person on Election Day, the voter should go to the polling place assigned to their new address and follow the Election Day registration procedures. The voter will need to provide some proof of identity or residence (see previous section about Identification).
  • To vote early in-person, the voter may be asked to complete a voter registration form and show proof of residence before voting (see previous section about Identification).
  • To vote by absentee ballot (mail), if the voter is not currently registered to vote at their current address, they will be sent a voter registration application along with a ballot. The completed application must be submitted along with her absentee ballot. The voter is required to show an acceptable proof of residence described in the previous section to the witness that signs their absentee ballot envelope.
      • If the person requesting an absentee ballot is already registered to vote they don’t need to have witness with new voter registration form UNLESS they need to make an update on their original voter registration, ex. they dot married/divorced and their name and/or address is different. If the info on the absentee ballot is not EXACTLY the same as what they have on their original voter registration record, the ballot with NOT be counted.

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If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

You can register to vote and request an absentee ballot all at once online at https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/UocavaRegistration/UocavaStep1.aspx or by submitting a paper request via mail with the following form: https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/UocavaRegistration/UocavaStep1.aspx. Apply as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for your blank ballot to make it to you and your voted ballot to be returned to the election official.

 

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

You can have an absentee ballot sent to you wherever you are in the world. You need to send your ballot back, and it will not count if it is received after the deadline. For the primary election your ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day (November 3, 2020) and received by your county within seven days (by November 10, 2020). You may return your ballot via mail, a package delivery service (such as FedEx or UPS) or the diplomatic pouch at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. You cannot return your ballot by email or fax.

 

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The FWAB serves as a backup ballot if the voter does not receive the requested absentee ballot in time. If you do not receive your absentee ballot from your State in time to return it to your election official to participate in the election, use the FWAB form found at https://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fwab2013.pdf.  You can find more information at https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/vote-from-military-or-abroad/.

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If You Have a Felony Conviction

You may be able to vote if you have a felony conviction. In Minnesota, someone’s right to vote is automatically restored after completing their sentence for a felony conviction—meaning after their term of incarceration, parole and/or probation are all completed (including a federal sentence or sentence from another state). If the entire sentence, including probation and parole, is complete, the voter may re-register and vote a regular ballot. A stay of adjudication for a felony crime is not a conviction and therefore does not disqualify someone from voting as long as the stay has not been revoked.

You CAN vote after you finish all parts of your felony sentence, including any probation, parole, or supervised release. As soon as you finish (once you are ‘off-paper’), you can vote. You will need to re-register to vote. It is best to register before Election Day, but you can do same-day registration on Election Day.

You CAN vote if…

  • you were charged with or convicted of a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor.
  • you are in jail, but are not currently serving a felony sentence.
  • you have been charged with a felony, but you haven’t been convicted.
  • you have been given a stay of adjudication.
  • you finished all parts of your felony sentence.

You CANNOT vote if…

  • you are currently serving a felony sentence.
  • your stay of adjudication was revoked and you are currently serving a felony sentence.

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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

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