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Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Minnesota.
Voting by mail is a two step process in Minnesota.
Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is November 7th - but you should request by mail well before then.
Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
Grab a friend! The absentee ballot envelope must be signed by a notary, a witness who is a registered Minnesota voter, or by another authorized oath administer. Click here to learn more.
Remember to sign your return ballot. After you complete your ballot, sign the ballot return envelope.
If you return your ballot by mail, your postage is prepaid.
You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office.
Any designated person can drop off a ballot for you.
If you have not used your absentee ballot and would like to vote in person, go to your polling site and vote in person on Election Day. Minnesota requests that you do not bring your unused absentee ballot with you to your polling site. If possible, contact the county election office from which the ballot was requested before voting, so they can make sure your file isn’t marked as having an absentee ballot when you go to vote in person.
Minnesota does offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot.
Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot if it was done incorrectly. Your local elections office is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot.
You may get a call from a number you do not recognize with a notification that you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to pick so you don’t miss your chance to make sure your vote is counted.
You will be sent a new absentee ballot if ballot rejection takes place more than 5 days before Election Day, and established absentee deadlines will apply. If it is not in that time frame, election officials will contact you to provide alternative options.
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Your state automatically registers people to vote at the address on their drivers license or other state issued ID card. If you have moved but have not updated your ID with your new address, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.
You can register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place or local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof of residence with you.
To vote in person absentee, request, fill out, and return your ballot while at your local elections office. Some cities and towns offer additional locations.
Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.
In Minnesota, you can preregister to vote if you are 18 by the next election. Register to vote today!
Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!
You can not vote in the Minnesota primaries if you are 17 by the next election.