Voting in Minnesota

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Minnesota permits early voting and no-excuse absentee voting. The state does not, however, permit online voter registration. Minnesota voters are required to provide identification in order to receive a ballot.

For full information about voting in Minnesota, contact the state election agency.


Minnesota utilizes an open primary system, meaning voters are not required to declare a party preference when registering to vote.

To vote in Minnesota, you must:[1]

  • be at least 18-years old on Election Day
  • be a United States citizen
  • have resided in Minnesota for the 20-day period preceding Election Day
  • "have any felony conviction record discharged, expired or completed"
  • not be "under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights"
  • "have not been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law"

When and where

You must register at least 21 days prior to Election Day or on Election Day at a polling place. You may register to vote by completing a Voter Registration Application and submitting it by mail or in-person to your local election official. To register at your polling place on Election Day, you must bring one of the following forms of identification:[1]

  • a valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, Minnesota ID card, or receipt for any of these
  • a valid student ID card including your photo, if your college has provided a student housing list to election officials
  • a Tribal ID card that contains your picture and signature
  • a valid registration in the same precinct under a different name or address
  • a notice of late registration sent to you by your county auditor or city clerk
  • a voter registered in the same precinct as you who can confirm your address with a signed oath
  • a employee of the residential facility where you live who can confirm your address with a signed oath[2]

—Minnesota Secretary of State

Other forms of identification can also be used. They are listed here.

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of May 2015, Minnesota is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.

Voting on Election Day

Voter identification

See also: Voter identification laws by state

A non-photo ID is required to vote on Election Day.[3]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Minnesota, most polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Central Time. However, some smaller municipalities may open their polls as late as 10:00 a.m.[4]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting


There are no eligibility requirements to vote absentee in Minnesota.[5]


There is no specific deadline for applying for an absentee ballot. The ballot must be returned on or before Election Day for it to be counted.[6]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

To vote early in Minnesota, a valid excuse is required. You may be eligible to vote early if:[7]

  • you will be away from home on Election Day
  • you are ill or disabled
  • you are an election judge serving in a precinct other than your own
  • [you are] unable to go to the polling place due to a religious observance or belief[2]

—Long Distance Voter

Election policy ballot measures

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See also: Elections and campaigns on the ballot and List of Minnesota ballot measures

Ballotpedia has tracked the following ballot measures relating to election and campaign policy in Minnesota.

  1. Minnesota Age Requirements for Voting and Holding Office, Amendment 1 (1970)
  2. Minnesota Campaign Spending Limits, Amendment 1 (1980)
  3. Minnesota Clarify Voting Requirements, Amendment 3 (1952)
  4. Minnesota State Canvassing Board, Amendment 3 (1873)
  5. Minnesota State Canvassing Board, Amendment 3 (1877)
  6. Minnesota Suffrage for Local Option Elections, Amendment 4 (1877)
  7. Minnesota System for Biennial Elections, Amendment 2 (1883)
  8. Minnesota Voter Identification Amendment, Amendment 2 (2012)
  9. Minnesota Voting Location and Indian Voting Rights, Amendment 4 (1960)

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