Voter Registration

How do I register to vote?

To vote, you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be at least 18 years old on Election Day
  • Have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day.

Make sure:

  • To use the address where you currently reside (live)
  • To have any felon conviction record discharged, expired or completed
  • You are not under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights
  • You have not been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law.

Registering in advance

You may pre-register to vote at any time at least 20 days before an election. You may register to vote by doing one of the following:

Registering on Election Day

To register at the polling place on Election Day, you must have authorized proof of residence:

  • Option 1: ID with Current Name and Address
    Accepted IDs:
    • Valid Minnesota driver's license, Minnesota learner's permit, Minnesota ID card—or a receipt of any of the above
    • Tribal ID card with your name, address, photo and signature
  • Option 2: Photo ID Plus a Document with Current Name and Address
    The ID can be expired, and the document can also be shown electronically on a device (smartphone, etc.)

    Accepted photo IDs:
      • Driver's license, state ID card or learner's permit issued by any state
      • United States passport
      • United States Military ID card
      • Tribal ID card with the name, signature and photo of the voter
      • Minnesota university, college or technical college ID card
      • Minnesota high school ID card
        Accepted documents:
      • Residential lease or rental agreement (must be valid through Election Day)
      • Current student fee statement
      • Bill, account or start of service statement due or dated within 30 days of election for:
        • Phone (landline, cell, VOIP, etc.)
        • TV (cable, satellite, etc.)
        • Internet services
        • Solid waste or sewer services
        • Electric, gas or water
        • Banking or credit card
        • Rent or mortgage payments
      • Option 3: Registered Voter Who Can Confirm Your Name and Address
        A registered voter from your precinct can go with you to the polling place to sign an oath confirming your address.  A registered voter can vouch for up to eight others.
      • Option 4: College Student ID—If a Student Housing List Was Provided
        College students can use a student photo ID card if their college provided a student housing list to election officials.
      • Option 5: Valid Registration in the Same Precinct
        If you were previously registered in the precinct but changed names or moved within the same precinct, you only need to tell the elections official your previous name or address — no additional documentation is needed.
      • Option 6: Notice of Late Registration
        If you pre-registered to vote too close to Election Day, you may have received a Notice of Late Registration in the mail. This notice can be used to register.

Reasons to register again

Once registered, you need not register again unless:

  • you move
  • you change your name
  • you do not vote for four years

Am I Registered to Vote?

To check your voter registration statues, use the Secretary of State's Voter Registration lookup service. You can also call City Hall to find out if you are registered to vote.




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