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Minnesota: Voter Guide
Voting Information // Minnesota

Automatic voter registration

Online voter registration

Pre-registration before turning 18

Number of days prior to election a voter must be registered is 15 days or less

Online voter registration closes 15 days or less before Election Day

Registration drives

Same day registration offered in all elections

Same day registration located at polling place

Same day registration offered only during early voting


All mail voting

In-person early voting

Amount of early voting days is higher than 7

Election day is a state holiday

No-excuse mail voting

12+ hours of open polls

Paid time off work to vote

Time off work to vote


Felons can vote after incarceration with completion of sentence

Felons can vote immediately after incarceration

Felons can vote while incarcerated

No ID required to vote

Mental competency not required to register

Non-photo ID required to vote

Photo-ID required to vote

Upcoming Elections

There are no upcoming elections. Sign up for email or text notifications prior to important election dates.

Voting Qualifications

Not found legally incompetent by a court of law
Not be under a court‑ordered guardianship in which the right to vote has been revoked
Completed all parts of any felony sentence
Resident of Minnesota for 20 days before Election Day; maintain residence at address given on the registration form
United States Citizen
18+ Years of Age


In Person - 
Election Day with proof of residence
Mail - 
Received 21 days before Election Day
Online - 
21 days before Election Day
Mail - 
Application to request absentee ballot due 2 days or more before Election Day (7 days recommended)
Mail - 
Voted ballot due by Election Day
In Person - 
Between 1 and 46 days before Election Day

More Information

Minnesota does not have political party registration for local or state primaries. Voters are not asked to publicly declare an affiliation with a political party in those elections. A new law, however, requires Minnesota voters to declare a party when voting in a presidential primary. Under current state law, the four "major" political parties are:

  • Republican Party of Minnesota
  • Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party
  • Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party
  • Legal Marijuana Now Party

Any registered Minnesota voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by absentee ballot.

If your voter registration is current and active, you do not need to show ID when you vote in person in Minnesota.

If you need to register or to update your registration for any reason (for example, if you have moved or have not voted in four or more years) when you vote, you will need to show proof of residence to vote. Proof of residence includes:

  • A Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, ID, or receipt for any of these that has your current name and address
  • A tribal ID with your name, address, photo, and signature

If you don’t have one of those, bring a combination of other photo ID and another document that shows your current name and address:

  • Accepted photo IDs include an out-of-state driver’s license or ID, US passport, US military or veteran ID, Tribal ID with name, signature and photo, Minnesota university, college, technical college, or high school ID;
  • Accepted documents to prove your residence include a current residential lease, current student fee statement, or a utility bill or bank statement with a date less than 30 days old.