State of Minnesota Voting Requirements


U.S. Domestic Voters

Local Elections

Minnesota Municipal Elections held on Tue Nov 2, 2021



New Voter Registration

  • Tue Oct 12, 2021
  • Online by Tue Oct 12, 2021 11:59pm
  • Election Day Registration & Voting Tue Nov 2, 2021

Absentee Ballot Request

Recommended (not required) by Mon Nov 1, 2021

Absentee Ballot Return

  • Post received by Tue Nov 2, 2021 8:00pm CDT
  • Hand Delivered by Tue Nov 2, 2021 3:00pm CDT

Early Voting

Sun Sep 17, 2017 - Mon Nov 1, 2021
Includes all elections in Minnesota on Nov 2, 2021. This includes all municipal elections and special elections in Minnesota. Please be aware not all municipalities have elections. For a complete list of municipalities voting on this date, please visit the Minnesota Elections website.


You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • online
  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office
  • at your polling place on Election Day

You must have resided in Minnesota at least 20 days prior to the election in which you intend to vote.

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 7am to 8pm on Election Day.

Find my polling place

Early Voting

Any registered voter can vote absentee in person early at a county elections office.

If you are not registered, you can still vote early in person if you show proof of residence.

For most elections, absentee voting locations must be open during their normal business hours starting 46 days before the election. Locations offering absentee ballots for federal, state or county elections must also be open the last Saturday before Election Day from 10am to 3pm, the day before Election Day until 5pm.

Absentee Voting

Any person eligible to register to vote in Minnesota may request an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Some cities or towns also offer in-person absentee voting.

You are eligible to vote in Minnesota if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Minnesota
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Live in the precinct where you vote for at least 20 days prior to the election
  • Reside in Minnesota and the parish in which you want to vote

You are NOT eligible to vote in Minnesota if:

  • You have been legally declared "mentally incompetent" by a court

Restorative Requirements

  • You are a convicted felon involving moral turpitude, unless your voting rights have been restored.

You may preregister to vote in Minnesota

  • if you will be 18 by Election Day

Student Eligibility

If you are a student, you are eligible to vote in Minnesota if:

  • You reside in Minnesota but are attending college in another state
  • You reside in another state but attend college in Minnesota

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Minnesota you should provide one of the following:

  • Your Minnesota Driver's License Number
  • Your Minnesota ID Number

If you do not have these IDs, you may provide:

  • The Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number

If you register to vote on Election Day you will need to provide one of the following:

  • Learner's Permit
  • ID Card
  • Valid Tribal ID
  • A registered voter from the same precinct who will sign an oath confirming your address
  • Receipt for Driver's License, Lerner's permit or ID
  • Valid Student ID accompanied by on-campus housing listing that denotes US Citizenship
  • Valid Driver's License except one issued to an individual that is not a United States citizen
  • A staff person from your residential facility who can confirm your address

If you do not have this form of ID(s), Minnesota will also accept:

  • Valid Tribal ID
  • Valid Student ID
  • Valid US Passport
  • Valid Military ID
  • Veteran's ID
  • Out of State Driver's License or Non-driver ID

Together with one of the following:

  • Student Fee Statement
  • Bank, credit card, rent or mortgage statement dated within 30 days of the Election
  • Lease or rent agreement
  • Bill, account or start-of-service statement due or dated within 30 days of the election for Phone, TV, internet, solid waste, sewer electric gas or water

Voting In-Person

If you are registered voter in Minnesota, you do not need to show ID to vote.

Vote-by-Mail / Absentee

If you request an absentee ballot online, you will need to provide your email address AND one of the following:

  • Your Minnesota Driver's License Number
  • Your Minnesota ID Number

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

Blank Ballot To Voter

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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