Election Day is November 3, 2020. Voting is important, but the rules and deadlines can be difficult to keep track of. This page offers resources for how to register and vote in Minnesota.
Register to Vote
Are you registered to vote? In Minnesota, you can register all the way up through election day. Check your voter registration status, update your registration, or register to vote online. If you choose to vote in person on Election Day (November 3), you can register at the polls. Just make sure to bring an approved form of ID.
Register online: October 13 (register here)
Register by mail: must be received by October 13 (print, fill out, and mail this form)
Voting by Mail
Voting by mail is an easy way to vote while staying safe during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in our communities. To receive an absentee ballot (mail-in ballot), request one online. It’s quick and easy to request your absentee ballot online.
You can request your absentee ballot at any time during the year, but make sure to leave enough time for your ballot to reach its destination. The United States Postal Service is experiencing delays this year; make sure to leave extra time if you will be sending your ballot in the mail (a week or more before Election Day, to be safe.) Likewise, request your absentee ballot early so there is time for it to arrive in the mail.
You can also return your absentee ballot in person any time until 3 PM on Election Day instead of sending it in the mail. Return your absentee ballot to the election office it was sent from. Check the return address on the envelope you received your absentee ballot in to determine this location.
To count, absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day (November 3, 2020) and received by county election officials within 7 days (November 10, 2020). Ballots received after the deadline will not be counted.
You can vote before Election Day in person at certain locations. Precautions will be in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including a social distancing requirement, hand sanitizer for voters, and the option of curb-side voting if you can’t leave your car for health or mobility reasons. Masks are required at all voting centers according to local and state regulations.
Voting On Election Day
If for some reason you can’t vote early or by mail, you can vote in person on Election Day, November 3. Make sure to double-check your polling location in advance, as some locations have changed due to COVID-19. Masks are required at all polling locations.
If you need to, you can register to vote at the polls on Election Day. Make sure to bring a valid form of ID from this list.
The Office of the Minnesota of Secretary of State has all the information you need to stay updated on voting policies, procedures, and deadlines. You can also view a sample ballot and read about the candidates ahead of time.