Guide to Voting
1. Voter registration
Deadline to Register/update:
– PAPER: October 21, 2020 5pm
– ONLINE: October 21, 2020 11:59 pm
– IN-PERSON: Minnesota offers same day registration/update
Link to Application:
2. Check Your registration
Why check your registration? Your address is where election officials send notices, application forms to receive your ballot in the mail, and more. Additionally, poll workers will check if the address on your voter registration matches the address on your ID at the polls.
Check Registration Here: https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/VoterStatus.aspx
- Is your name spelled correctly? (Correct hyphenations, middle initials, etc)
- Correct Address
- Active Voter Status (if not update by sending in another online/mail voter application)
- Correct Date of Birth
- Correct Political Party preference
3. Order your mail ballot
Deadline for advance mail ballot application:
We recommend requesting your advance mail ballot as soon as possible and well in advance of this deadline in order to ensure that you receive your ballot in time.
Request Mail-In Ballot Here:
Track Your Mail Ballot: https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/AbsenteeBallotStatus.aspx
Deadline to return absentee mail Ballot:
BY MAIL: Must be postmarked by or on Election Day Nov. 3. Must be received within 2 days to count. Check for updated rules.
IN PERSON: Drop off at Early Voting Sites. Locate here: ttps://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/secure-and-fair-elections/
YOU MAY NOT DROP OFF MAIL BALLOTS IN PERSON AT POLLING PLACES ON ELECTION DAY! THEY WILL NOT GET TO THE ELECTIONS OFFICE BY 3 PM AND WILL BE DISQUALIFIED. IF YOU NEED TO DROP OFF A BALLOT IN PERSON ON ELECTION DAY, DO SO DIRECTLY AT YOUR COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE BEFORE 3 PM.
In MN you can track the status of your ballot and confirm that it was received and counted:
There is no official Surrender Rule in Minnesota, no exchange of an unvoted mail ballot for a regular ballot at the polls in order to avoid provisional voting. There is no provisional voting in Minnesota, a rare exception from HAVA. If you have any concerns about having requested a mail ballot but going to vote in person instead, we recommend you use Early Voting to resolve complications without the pressure of long lines behind you.
Minnesota encourages all voters who requested but did not receive a mail ballot, or lost or damaged one, to contact their county election office and receive a replacement ballot in person or by mail. The election official will cancel your original ballot. Do not return your original ballot, even if you eventually find or receive it. Only return your replacement ballot. Do this only if you feel you have plenty of time to trust the mails. Otherwise use Early Voting.
Find your County Election Office:
4. Early voting information
- You can vote early with an absentee ballot at your local elections office. Early voting is available 46 days prior to Election Day until 5:00PM the day before Election Day. Voters can vote early with an absentee ballot at their local elections office. If you are not registered, you can do so in person if you show proof of residence, https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/register-to-vote/register-on-election-day/
- The county auditor’s office must be open during regular business hours, and from 10:00AM-3:00PM on Saturday immediately preceding Election Day. The auditor can establish additional locations for early voting.
- 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.
- Voters can vote in person at their county election office. To find your county election office visit: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/find-county-election-office
- 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, https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/cities-and-towns-with-in-person-absentee-voting/
For more information regarding federal, state and local elections contact your state election official online: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/ or contact Minnesota Secretary of State, Steve Simon by email: email@example.com
5. Be a poll worker
- Become a poll worker! Election offices are expecting shortages in poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Poll workers must be 16 years old or over, and a registered voter (if 18 or older) in their county
6. Additional Questions?