Before you can vote, you must register. In Minnesota, you may register 20 days before Election Day for your name to appear on the polling place roster, or on Election Day at your polling place. Please read the state's voter confidentiality notice about information provided on the Voter Registration Application.
You may register and vote in Minnesota 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 immediately preceding Election Day
- Use the address where you currently reside (live)
- Have any felony conviction record discharged, expired or completed
- 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
Giving false information on your voter registration application is a felony punishable by not more than five years imprisonment or a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
Your registration remains current until you move, change your name, or do not vote for four consecutive years. You can update your registration information by completing another Voter Registration Application.
Register to vote by completing a Voter Registration Application [PDF] and submitting it by mail or in-person to the Eden Prairie City Center, Hennepin County Service Centers or the Office of the Secretary of State.
Voter Registration Applications in Hmong, Spanish, Somali, Russian and Vietnamese are available from the Office of the Secretary of State.
Newly registered voters receive a postcard from the State telling them that they are registered and where they vote on Election Day.
If you miss the pre-registration deadline (20 days before each election) you can still register to vote on Election Day.
Note to Students: If you are a student living at school, you can choose whether to register at home or at school but not both! You can vote by absentee ballot, but be sure you have the proper information and identification since rules differ from state to state.