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Early Voting

ABSENTEE VOTING OR VOTE BY MAIL OPTIONS

To vote by mail, apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to you. You do not need to be registered to apply.

Vote Early in Person

Can vote early with an absentee ballot at your local elections office. If you are not registered, you can do so in person if you show proof of residence.

GENERAL ELECTION

  • First day to vote early in person: Friday, September 21

  • Last day to vote early in person: Monday, November 5

Locations

All voters have at least one location where they can vote early in person with an absentee ballot. Depending on where you live, there may be additional locations.

  1. You can vote in person at your county election office.

  2. In addition to your county election office, some cities and towns offer in-person absentee voting. Check with your city clerk's office for more information.

  3. Some local jurisdictions may provide additional absentee voting days or hours beyond the above required days and times. Call your jurisdiction for more information.

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Need Help?

Call 1-877-600-VOTE (8683)

REGISTER ON PAPER

Where to return your application

Mail or drop off your application to either your county election office, or mail to:

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

county election office hours

For most elections, absentee voting locations must be open during their normal business hours starting 46 days before the election.

  • The last Saturday before Election Day (10 a.m. — 3 p.m.)

  • The day before Election Day until 5 p.m.

  • This does not apply to school districts holding standalone elections. 


Register to Vote Early In Person

Online Registration

The deadline to register in advance online is 1:59 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16 for the General Election. Paper applications must be received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16. 

(or Update Your Registration - click here)

REGISTRATION DATES

Registration temporarily closes 20 days before the election, and opens again on Election Day for voters who register at their polling place.

You can vote early with an absentee ballot at your local elections office. If you are not registered, you can do so in person if you show proof of residence.

Locations

All voters have at least one location where they can vote early in person with an absentee ballot. Depending on where you live, there may be additional locations.

  1. You can vote in person at your county election office.

  2. In addition to your county election office, some cities and towns offer in-person absentee voting. Check with your city clerk's office for more information.

Need Help?

Call 1-877-600-VOTE (8683)

2018 Early Voting Dates

GENERAL ELECTION

  • First day to vote early in person: Friday, September 21

  • Last day to vote early in person: Monday, November 5

    Hours

    For most elections, absentee voting locations must be open during their normal business hours starting 46 days before the election. In addition, locations offering absentee ballots for federal, state or county elections must be open:

    • The last Saturday before Election Day (10 a.m. — 3 p.m.)

    • The day before Election Day until 5 p.m.


Register to Vote on Election Day

REGISTER ON ELECTION DAY

To register at your polling place on Election Day, bring one proof of residence listed below.

1 ID with current name and address

  • Valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit or ID; or a receipt for any of these.

  • Tribal ID with name, address, photo and signature.

2 Approved documents

Can be shown on electronic device.

  • Bill, account or start-of-service statement due or dated within 30 days of the election for:

    • Phone, TV or internet, Solid waste, sewer, electric, gas or water, Banking or credit card, Rent or mortgage.

  • Residential lease or rent agreement valid through Election Day or Current student fee statement


Voter Rights - Registering to Vote

Who can vote in Minnesota. You must be:

You can vote while under guardianship unless a judge specifically has revoked your right to vote.


Vital Questions

I HAVE A CRIMINAL RECORD

Your criminal record does not affect your right to vote in Minnesota unless you are currently serving a felony conviction sentence, including probation, parole or supervised release.

Voting after a felony conviction

You can vote after you finish all parts of your 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 register to vote. It is best to register before Election Day, but it is not required. 

Print a factsheet on this topic

Download Voting with a Criminal Record factsheet.


I'M IN A RESIDENTIAL FACILITY

If you live in a residential facility and you need to register to vote, you can register onlineon paper, or a staff person can go with you to the polling place to confirm your address.

What is a residential facility?

Residential facilities include:

  • Assisted-living facilities

  • Battered women’s shelters

  • Group residential housing

  • Homeless shelters

  • Nursing homes

  • Residential alcohol and chemical treatment programs

  • Residential facilities for persons with developmental disabilities

  • Supervised-living facilities

  • Transitional housing

  • Veterans’ homes

Need Help?

Call 1-877-600-VOTE (8683)

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Need Help?

Call 1-877-600-VOTE (8683)

VOTING DAY POLL HOURS

State and federal elections 7 a.m. - 8 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.

Need to register on Election Day?

Need Help?

Call 1-877-600-VOTE (8683)

VOTING DAY POLL HOURS

State and federal elections 7 a.m. - 8 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.


Need to register on Election Day?

In Minnesota, you can register or update your registration at your polling place on Election Day. Find out what you'll need to bring with you.

Download Election Day Registration factsheet.


I’M LIVING TEMPORARILY IN MINNESOTA

You cannot vote in Minnesota if you are only living here temporarily. However, you can still vote in your home state’s election with an absentee ballot. 

To learn how to vote in your home state, visit Can I Vote? from the National Association of Secretaries of State.


As a voter in Minnesota, you have many rights

Know your rights

  • Have Time off work to vote

  • You have a right to take time off work to vote without losing your pay, personal leave, or vacation time.

  • Vote if in line by 8 p.m. You have the right to vote if you are in line to vote anytime before 8 p.m.

  • Register on Election day: You have the right to register to vote on Election Day if you can show the required

  • Sign in orally: You have the right to orally confirm who you are and to ask another person to sign for you if you cannot sign your name. Ask for help

  • You have the right to ask anyone for help, except for an agent of your employer or union, or a candidate.

  • Bring children to the polls: You have the right to bring your children with you to vote.

  • You have the right to vote without anyone in the polling place trying to influence your vote.

  • Get a replacement ballot: You have the right to a replacement ballot if you make a mistake on your ballot before you cast it.