Minnesota

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2022-06-24 – In Person Absentee Ballot Voting From

Fri Jun 24, 2022

2022-07-19 – Registration Deadline

Tue Jul 19, 2022 5:00PM CDT

2022-07-19 – Registration Deadline (Online by)

Online by Tue Jul 19, 2022 11:59PM

2022-08-08 – Ballot Request Deadline (Recommended by (not req’d))

Recommended (not required) by Mon Aug 8, 2022

2022-08-08 – In Person Absentee Ballot Voting To

Mon Aug 8, 2022

2022-08-09 – Ballot Return Deadline (Post received by)

Post received by Tue Aug 9, 2022 8:00PM CDT

2022-08-09 – Ballot Return Deadline (Hand Delivered by)

Hand Delivered by Tue Aug 9, 2022 3:00PM CDT

2022-08-09 – Registration Deadline (Election Day Registration & Voting)

Election Day Registration & Voting Tue Aug 9, 2022

Last updated: April 2022

Voting in Minnesota

When You Can Vote

Election Day

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. central time on Election Day. As long as you’re in line by 8:00 p.m., you can vote even if you don’t reach the front of the line until after 8:00 p.m. In state and federal elections, towns with less than 500 registered voters are not required to open until 10 a.m., but most choose to open at 7 a.m. In elections that are only for cities, towns, and/or school districts, polling places located in the metropolitan area do not have to open until 10 a.m. Those outside the metropolitan area do not have to open until 5 p.m. However, most choose to open at 7 a.m. The metropolitan area is defined as the counties of Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright.  For more information on voting hours, check https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/election-day-voting/voting-hours/.

Early Voting: 

In Person – Absentee voting is conducted starting 46 days before Election Day and ends at 5:00 p.m. on the day before Election Day. Voters can vote in person at their county election office. In addition to their county election office, some cities and towns offer in-person absentee voting at their city office or school district office. Voters should check with their city clerk’s office for more information, 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 www.sos.state.mn.us/media/2444/english-regular-absentee-ballot-application.pdf. Return your completed absentee application to your county election office by mail, fax or email (contact information can be found here). To request an application in an alternative format such as Braille, call 1-877-600-8683. 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 you your ballot and for you to return it. Your ballot will not count if it is received after the deadline. 

Voters will need a witness when they vote and complete their absentee ballot by mail. The witness can be either a registered Minnesota voter or a notary. Their witness must sign the signature envelope and list their address. Notaries should write their name and title, sign the signature envelope, and affix their notary stamp.

After you vote on the absentee 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. Your ballot must be received by Election Day.  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 3:00 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/.

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 Minnesota Secretary Of State – Get help voting.

Vote Early: Voters in Minnesota can vote early with an absentee ballot starting 46 days before Election Day and ending at 5:00 p.m. on the day before Election Day. Absentee voting may be conducted in-person or by mail. For locations and hours available for in-person absentee voting,  call your county election office, which can be found by accessing https://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.”

Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

  • For registration deadlines, see How to Register below.

How to Check Your Registration: Voters can determine whether they are registered to vote at the following link: Am I Registered?.

You are eligible to vote in Minnesota if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Minnesota
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Live in the precinct where you vote for at least 20 days prior to the election

You are NOT eligible to vote in Minnesota if:

  • You are currently serving a sentence including incarceration, parole, probation, or extended supervision for a felony conviction

Restorative Requirements

  • You are a convicted felon involving moral turpitude, unless your voting rights have been restored.

You may preregister to vote in Minnesota

  • if you will be 18 by Election Day

How to register 

  • Minnesota State Primary Election
    • Register By: Tue Jul 19, 2022 5:00PM CDT
    • Apply Online: Online by Tue Jul 19, 2022 11:59PM
    • In Person: Election Day Registration & Voting Tue Aug 9, 2022

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. If done by paper, the application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. 

If a voter misses the deadline, they can register at their polling place on Election Day.

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.”

2. Registration Before Election Day

You may register to vote online, by mail, or in-person before an election if you do so before the election’s Pre-Registration Deadline.

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 https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/register-to-vote/register-on-paper. The application is available in a variety of languages. To request an application in an alternative format such as Braille, call 1-877-600-8683

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.

You must re-register each time you change address, change names or do not vote at least once during a four-year period. Update your registration by completing a new registration application. 

Identification Requirements

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Minnesota you should provide one of the following:

  • Your Minnesota Driver’s License Number
  • Your Minnesota ID Number

If you do not have these IDs, you may provide:

  • Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number

If you register to vote on Election Day you will need to provide one of the following:

  • Minnesota Learner’s Permit
  • Minnesota ID Card
  • Valid Tribal ID
  • A registered voter from the same precinct who will sign an oath confirming your address
  • Receipt for Driver’s License, Lerner’s permit or ID
  • Valid Student ID accompanied by on-campus housing listing that denotes US Citizenship
  • Valid Minnesota Driver’s License except one issued to an individual that is not a United States citizen
  • A staff person from your residential facility who can confirm your address

If you do not have this form of ID(s), Minnesota will also accept:

  • Valid Tribal ID
  • Valid Student ID
  • Valid US Passport
  • Valid Military ID
  • Veteran’s ID
  • Out of State Driver’s License or Non-driver ID

Together with one of the following:

  • Student Fee Statement
  • Bank, credit card, rent or mortgage statement dated within 30 days of the Election
  • Lease or rent agreement
  • Bill, account or start-of-service statement due or dated within 30 days of the election for Phone, TV, internet, solid waste, sewer electric gas or water

Voting In-Person

If you are registered voter in Minnesota, you do not need to show ID to vote.

Only individuals who are registering to vote at their precinct on Election Day should be asked to show ID. To register at your polling place, bring one proof of residence listed below1:

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. 

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). If the voter was previously registered in the same precinct, 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.
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If a voter moves, they should register at their new address and request an absentee ballot for that new address. If an application for an absentee ballot is received for an address that does not match the voter’s current registered address, the county will mail a voter registration application with the ballot. This voter registration application must be returned with the ballot for the county to accept the absentee ballot.

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 their 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 info on the absentee ballot is not EXACTLY the same as what they have on their original voter registration record, the ballot will NOT be counted. 
If You Are in the Military or are an Overseas Voter

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form (“FPCA”). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

If you do not have these IDs, leave this section blank.

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

If you do not have these IDs, leave this section blank.

Who Can Apply?

  • Military members serving outside their home precinct.
  • Citizens living abroad temporarily or indefinitely.
  • Spouses and dependents of military members are also eligible.

A spouse, parent, sibling or child age 18 and over can apply on your behalf.

Military members include Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, Commissioned corps of the Public Health Service, Commissioned corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Minnesotans enrolled as students at a U.S. Service Academy.

If you are abroad indefinitely with no plans to return to Minnesota, you can only vote for federal offices.

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://www.fvap.gov/uploads/FVAP/Forms/fpca.pdf. 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 by Election Day.

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

You can have an absentee ballot sent to you wherever you are in the world. You can choose to have the ballot sent by email, mail, or fax. If you receive materials by email, you must print them. You cannot return your ballot by email or fax. Your ballot will not count if it is received after Election Day. 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. Note that Minnesota allows military voters and voters living abroad to self-certify their absentee ballot (you do not need a witness to certify your ballot).

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/

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, parole and/or supervised release, 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.

Additional Language Services

Voting information in other languages, including English, Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese is available from the Minnesota Secretary of State website.

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