Voting in Minnesota

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This page has information relating to voting in Minnesota. For full information contact your state election agency.

Registration

Minnesota uses a primary system

To vote in Minnesota, you must meet the following requirements:

When and where

Voting on election day

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Minnesota, most polling places are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm Central Time. However, some smaller municipalities may open as late as 10:00 AM..[1]

Absentee voting

Eligibility

There are no eligibility requirements to vote absentee in Minnesota.[2]

Deadlines

There is no specific deadline for applying for an absentee ballot. The ballot must then be returned on or before election day for it to be counted.[3]

Military and overseas voting

For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.

Early voting

Minnesota is one of eight states which allow early voting but require an excuse to vote early. Early voting begins 46 days prior to the election and ends the day before election day.[4] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

To vote early you need to provide an excuse for why you will be unable to vote at the polls during normal voting hours. The following are valid reasons:[4]

  • 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
  • unable to go to the polling place due to a religious observance or belief

See also

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References

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