Wednesday, September 25, 2012
Before you can vote, you must register. In Minnesota, you may register at least 20 days before Election Day or on Election Day at your polling place. To be eligible to register and vote in Minnesota you must:
- be at least 18-years-old on Election Day
- be a citizen of the United States
- have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
- have any felony conviction record discharged, expired, or completed
- not be under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights
- not have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law
Updating Your Registration
Your registration remains current until you move, change your name, or do not vote for four consecutive years. You may update your registration information by completing and submitting another Voter Registration Application.
Verify that you're registered
Use the Voter Registration Lookup to find out if you're already registered to vote at your current address.
Registering before Election Day
You may register to vote by completing a Voter Registration Application and submitting it by mail or in-person to your local election official. Find contact information for your county elections official by using the Election Official Directory.
Once you're registered, you will receive a postcard with information about where you vote (your polling place) and your name will appear on the list of voters at your polling place. It takes some time to put the list together, so if you haven't registered at least 21 days before the election, you can register at the polling place on Election Day.
Voter Registration Applications for Download English (pdf) Hmong Spanish English (large print) Russian Vietnamese English (text) Somali
Please read the confidentiality notice about information provided on the Voter Registration Application.
Registering on Election Day
If you are not registered to vote or need to update your registration information, you may do so at your local polling location on Election Day as long as you can provide proof of residence.
To register at your polling place on Election Day, you must bring one of the following with your current name and address to verify your residence in the precinct :
- A valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, Minnesota ID card, or receipt for any of these
- A valid student ID card including your photo, if your college has provided a student housing list to election officials
- A Tribal ID card that contains your picture and signature
- A valid registration in the same precinct under a different name or address
- A notice of late registration sent to you by your county auditor or city clerk
- A voter registered in the same precinct as you who can confirm your address with a signed oath
- An employee of the residential facility where you live who can confirm your address with a signed oath
- Both 1) a photo ID from the list below, and 2) a current bill from the list below with your current name and address in the precinct
Photo IDs (may be expired) Bills (delivered electronically or by mail)
- Minnesota Driver's License
- Minnesota ID Card
- United States Passport
- United States Military ID Card
- Tribal ID Card
- Minnesota University, College, or Technical College ID Card
- Utility bill due within 30 days of election day:
- Telephone (landline, cell, VOIP, etc.)
- TV (cable, satellite, etc.)
- Internet services
- Solid Waste
- Sewer Services
- Rent statement dated within 30 days of election day that itemizes utilities
- Current student fee statement
If you need to update your Minnesota driver's license or Minnesota ID, get more information from Driver and Vehicle Services' Driver's License FAQ.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Voter's Bill of Rights
- Voting for those with Special Circumstances
- Voting for Students
- Voting When You Are in the Hospital
- Voting for People Living in Residential Facilities
- Voting When Civil Rights Are Restored
- Voting When Your Home Is in Foreclosure
- Voting When You Are Homeless
- Voting for People Under Guardianship
- Voting Instructions for Those Who Fear For Their Safety
- Assisting Voters
- Voter Registration Assistance Requirements