Voting in Minnesota

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Election Dates

General Election Date
Voter Registration Deadline (online, by mail - received)
Voter Registration Deadline (in-person)

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

Early Voting Dates

Early Voting Begins
Early Voting Ends

Polling place hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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How to Vote in Minnesota

Learn about all the options to vote in Minnesota to make a plan to vote that works for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

Minnesota Board of Elections Phone Number: (877) 600-VOTE

Minnesota Board of Elections Website

Having trouble at the polls?

Call or text: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Register to Vote in Minnesota

Whether you are registering to vote for the first time, or need to update your address, name or party affiliation - we've got you covered!

Am I Registered?

Not sure if you are eligible to vote due to a felony conviction?
Click here to learn more.

Vote By Mail

Request and track

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.

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

How Vote By Mail Works 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 the day before Election Day - but you should request by mail well before then.

Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.

  • Return in person to your county election office by 3 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Or mail your ballot - ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted. We recommend mailing your ballot at least two weeks before as the post office is not always reliable. The best intentions or postmark will not matter if your ballot is received after Election Day - your ballot will not count.

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Witness or Notary Requirement

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.

Where to Sign Your Ballot

Remember to sign your return ballot.

After you complete your ballot, sign the ballot return envelope.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

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.

Can Someone Else Return Your Ballot For You?

Any designated person can drop off a ballot for you.

Track Your Ballot

Track your ballot by clicking here.

Haven't used your ballot?

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.  

Opportunities to Fix Challenges to Your Ballot

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.

Voter ID

Do Voters Need ID?

Minnesota voters need to show ID at the polls. Valid forms of identification include;

  • Copy of current photo ID OR
  • Utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government document including a check that show’s the voter’s  name and address

Voter ID in Minnesota

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Automatic Registration

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.

Election Day Registration

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.

In-Person Absentee Voting

In-Person Absentee Dates

Voting Begins
Voting Ends

You can vote in-person absentee in Minnesota

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 16. 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.