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Register to vote in Minnesota

How to register to vote in Minnesota

This article describes how to register to vote in Minnesota. Minnesota offers online voter registration. You can register to vote by mail in Minnesota by printing a copy of the National Voter Registration Form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

Register to vote in Minnesota In-person

Who can vote

  • To register in Minnesota you must be a citizen of the United States and be a resident of Minnesota for 20 days before the next election
  • Maintain residence at the address given on the registration form
  • be at least 18 years old on election day
  • If previously convicted of a felony, your felony sentence has expired or been completed, or you have been discharged from the sentence
  • In addition, not be under a court-ordered guardianship in which the right to vote has been revoked
  • Not be found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote

Register to vote in Minnesota Online

  • Minnesota offers online voter registration.
  • You should know: you need either a Minnesota ID or the last four digits of your Social Security number and an email address to use Minnesota’s online voter registration system. If you don’t have either form of ID and an email address, you can still register to vote by mail.
  • You can register online until Tuesday, October 16.

Register to vote in Minnesota By-mail voter registration

  1. Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 – ID Number: You are required to provide your Minnesota driver’s license or state ID number to register to vote. If you do not have a Minnesota driver’s license or state ID then you will have to provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you have neither, please write “none” on the form.
  3. Box 7 – Choice of Party: Minnesota does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections.
  4. Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
  5. Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
  6. Sign the form.
  7. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be received by Tuesday, October 16.

Military and overseas voters Register to vote in Minnesota

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:

  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven’t received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.

If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:

  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.

The Federal Voting Assistance Program – offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Minnesota.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Minnesota’s voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Tuesday, October 16. By mail is Tuesday, October 16.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, November 6.
  • You can also register and vote on Election Day.

Click here to view How to Register to Vote in Other States.

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