Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.
Register to vote in Minnesota, or learn more about voter ID & rights.
You can register to vote online or by mail by Oct. 13th. Please note that voter registration applications submitted by mail must be received by your elections office Oct. 13th. You can vote in person with an absentee ballot, on Election Day, or by mail.
Miss the Oct. 13th voter registration deadline? No problem! You can register to vote in person on Election Day or with your absentee ballot.
Here are some important things to know about voting by mail in Minnesota:
When you return your ballot, postage is prepaid. You do not need to add stamps.
Your state has a "postmark" deadline of Tuesday, Nov. 3rd. To make the mandated postmark date, put the ballot into your home mailbox for collection at least one day prior to ensure it is picked up and processed. You can also drop the ballot off at the post office before the last posted collection time for the postmark deadline. You may also return your ballot via a delivery service, like FedEx or UPS, to ensure delivery date.
Your state gives you the opportunity to "cure" any challenge to your ballot. This means if there is something wrong with the signature on your ballot, the state is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. If there are more than five days before the election, your clerk will mail you a new ballot. If you are within five days of the election, your clerk will provide step-by-step instructions for what you need to do, usually voting early at their office. Be sure to check your mail and messages (phone and email) for incoming communication from your election's office to have the opportunity to cure. You will be contacted if there is a challenge to your ballot. Get your ballot in early so that you have a chance to address any challenges by mail.
Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Click here to access.
No party affiliation is required at registration to participate in primary. However, you may have to affirm that you are not an active member of another party. See Minnesota Republican Party or Democratic Party sites for details.
Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.
Early Voting Dates: Sept. 18th-Nov. 2nd (specific dates and times vary by county)
You can vote in person at your county clerk’s office from Sept. 18th to Nov. 2nd at 5:00 p.m. before the election, using an absentee ballot. No excuse required. For specific dates and times reach out to your local office.
To vote absentee-by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Nov. 2nd, but we recommend completing this application as soon as possible. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by Election Day.
Your signature envelope might have a box for a witness to complete and sign. Due to COVID19, there is no witness requirement for registered voters for the November 3, 2020 State General Election. Non-registered voters will still need a witness, to indicate their proof of residence.
The absentee ballot application period opens Jan. 1st. You may request to receive ballots for multiple elections during the calendar year, no excuse required.