Voter Registration in Minnesota
Minnesota Voter Registration
Voting means having a say in the management of your local, state, and federal government; however, you must register to vote before you can cast your ballot!
Luckily, the Minnesota Secretary of State (SOS) makes the registration process easy.
Voter Eligibility in Minnesota
You can register to vote in Minnesota if:
- You're a U.S. citizen.
- You've been residing in Minnesota for at least 20 days immediately prior to the election.
- You'll be 18 years old or older at the time of the election.
- You've discharged, completed, or expired any felony conviction.
- You have not been deemed legally incompetent.
- Your voting rights have not been revoked by a court of law.
Register to Vote in Minnesota
You can register to vote online, by mail, or in person with your local election official OR at the polls on Election Day.
Once you register, you can check your status using the state's online Voter Status search.
You can register to vote online using the MN Secretary of State's Online Voter Registration Application.
In addition to meeting the eligibility requirements listed above, you must also:
- Provide a valid email address.
- Provide an identification number. This might be:
- Your MN driver's license number.
- Your MN state ID card number.
- The last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
To register by mail, download and complete the Minnesota Voter Registration Application.
NOTE: Visit the state's Voter Registration Applications section if you need another a special version of the form, e.g., a large print version or a version in another language.
The form is designed so that when you fold it, the return address is already printed for you.
NOTE: If you register on Election Day, you must bring the required identification documents listed below under “Required Identification When Voting."
Required Identification for MN Elections
You don't need identification to register to vote in MN UNLESS you register at the polls on Election Day.
When registering on Election Day, you must bring one of the following:
- A valid photo ID such as a MN driver's license, permit, or ID card (or a receipt for any of these IDs).
- A valid student ID card that has your picture.
- Can only be used if your college has given a student housing list to election officials.
- A photo Tribal ID card that shows your signature.
- A valid voter registration in your same precinct showing a different name or address.
- A registered voter residing in your precinct who can sign an oath confirming your address.
- An employee of your residential facility who can sign an oath to confirm your address.
If you cannot provide one of the above, you can provide an expired photo ID; however, if you do you'll also need to bring proof of residency, such as a utility bill or rent statement dated within 30 days of Election Day.
Military and Out-of-State Voter Registration
You can register to vote online or by mail if you're currently out of the state or country for any reason, including military stations and deployments.
Military Members and Dependents
If you're a MN resident currently in the military and stationed abroad, you can register to vote and request an absentee ballot with the same application. In other words, when you submit a request for an absentee ballot you're automatically registered to vote in Minnesota.
The absentee ballot application can either be submitted online or by mail.
If you opt to register and request and absentee ballot online, you'll need to go to the MN absentee ballot application webpage and provide the following:
- Your full address of residence in Minnesota.
- Reason for being out of the country.
- Personal identification information.
- Method for receiving your ballot (i.e. email, mail, or fax).
- Signature of authenticity.
Should you choose to register and request your absentee ballot by mail, you will need to print and complete the Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request.
Send your completed mail-in application to your local county election office.
If you are currently out of the state (for example, to attend college), but maintain a permanent residence in Minnesota, you can register online or by mail to vote.
You can save some time by registering online as long as you:
- Are eligible to vote in MN.
- Have a valid email address.
- Provide one of the following forms of identification:
- Minnesota driver's license number.
- Minnesota ID card number.
- Social Security number.
If you can't provide the necessary information to register online, you always have the option of registering by mail. You will need to fill out the Minnesota Absentee Ballot Application and mail the completed form to your local MN county election office.
Deadline for MN Voter Registration
If you pre-register to vote, you must do so by 5 p.m. on the 21st day prior to Election Day using one of the methods outlined under “Register to Vote in Minnesota" above.
Otherwise, you can register at the polls on Election Day. Be sure to bring the required identification documents listed under “Required Identification When Voting" above.
Voter Name or Address Change
Use the Minnesota Voter Registration Application to update your name and/or address; there is a “Registration Updates" section. If you need the form in another language, visit the state's Voter Registration Applications section.
Alternatively, you can update your information at the polls on Election Day when you bring in the required identification and residency documents listed in “Required Identification When Voting" above.
Duplicate MN Voter Registration Cards
Applying for a duplicate registration card may vary by precinct. Contact your local election official for information on how to replace your lost voter registration card in Minnesota.