Register to Vote

Visit the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State website for more election & voter information.

Important Election Dates

Election Year 2011

  • Primary Election – August 9, 2011
  • Election Day – November 8, 2011
  • Offices on voting ballots – City Officers, School Board, Township Officers

Election Year 2012 – A BIG Year!

  • Precinct Caucuses – February 7, 2012 (for political parties)
  • Primary Election – August 14, 2012
  • Election Day – November 6, 2012
  • Offices on voting ballots – U.S. President & Vice-President, U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative, State Senate, State Representative, County Commissioner, City Officers, School Board, Township Officers

Election Year 2013

  • Primary Election – August 13, 2013
  • Election Day – November 5, 2013
  • Offices on voting ballots – City Officers, School Board, Township Officers

Why do I need to register to vote?

Before you are allowed to vote on Election Day, your name and the address of the place where you are living must be on the official list of voters. When you register to vote, this information is added to the official list and is used by election judges to make sure that you can vote in Minnesota.

I already registered before – why do I need to register to vote again?

You will need to register again if you:

  • move to a new address in Minnesota.
  • change your name.
  • do not vote for 4 consecutive years in a row.

To update your registration information, complete the Voter Registration Application with your new information, then print it out and send it to your local election official (find their address in the Election Official Directory) OR to the Secretary of State at the address listed on the voter registration application.

How do I find out if I am already registered to vote?

If you want to find out if you are already registered to vote or not, check your voter registration status online.

Can I register to vote?

You may register to vote if you:

  • will be at least 18 years old on Election Day.
  • are a citizen of the United States.
  • will have resided in Minnesota for 20 days right before Election Day.
  • have any felony conviction record discharged, expired, or completed (you are NOT a felon now).
  • are NOT under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights.
  • have NOT been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law.

How do I register to vote?

There are two ways to register to vote.

1. Register Early Before Election Day

You need to register at least 20 days before Election Day.

Complete the Voter Registration Application, then print it out and send it to your local election official (find their address in the Election Official Directory) OR to the Secretary of State at the address listed on the registration application form.

2. Register to Vote on Election Day

You will need to bring the following information to your local polling place (choose one):

  • a valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, Minnesota ID card, or receipt for any of these OR
  • a valid student ID card including your photo, if your college has provided a student housing list to election officials OR
  • a Tribal ID card that contains your picture and signature OR
  • a valid registration in the same precinct under a different name or address OR
  • a notice of late registration sent to you by your county auditor or city clerk OR
  • another voter registered in the same precinct as you who can confirm your address with a signed oath OR
  • an employee of the residential facility where you live who can confirm your address with a signed oath OR

BOTH 1) a photo ID (may be expired) from the list below:

  • 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

AND 2) a a current bill (delivered electronically or by mail) from the list below with your current name and address in the precinct:

  • Utility bill due within 30 days of election day from Telephone (landline, cell, VOIP, etc.), TV (cable, satellite, etc.), Internet services, Electric, Gas, Solid Waste, Sewer Services, or Water
  • Rent statement dated within 30 days of election day that itemizes utilities
  • Current student fee statement

How do I know where to go to vote? Where is my polling place?

Enter your address here to find important voting information for your precinct, including:

  • Your polling place (where you vote, map & directions)
  • Districts for your precinct (including maps)
  • “Candidates on My Ballot” (candidates and questions on the ballot at your
    next election, when available)