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 your 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 January 2015, Minnesota is one of the 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.

Voting on Election Day

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

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See also

Elections in Minnesota

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