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Minnesota

Abbreviation: 
MN

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Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

Minnesota ID Needed for Voting

You only need ID to vote if you have not registered before arriving at the polling precinct. You may register to vote at your polling place on Election Day. Options of proof of residence are as follows:

ID with current name and address:

  • Valid Minnesota driver's license, Minnesota learner's permit, Minnesota ID card or a receipt for any of these
  • Tribal ID card with your name, address, photo and signature

Photo ID plus a document with current name and address:

Accepted photo IDs:

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The voting systems used in Minnesota are optical scan and paper ballots.

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If you need help with voting, you can ask the election judges at the polling place for assistance in reading or marking the ballot. You may also bring someone to help you. All polling places should be fully accessible with clearly marked accessible doors and parking spaces. If you cannot easily leave your car, you can ask for the ballot to be brought out to you. If you are unable to go to the polling place due to an illness or disability, you can vote by absentee ballot.

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While there is no provisional voting in Minnesota, Election Day registration is available.

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Employees are allowed to take time off to vote during the mornings of election days. This time off should be treated as paid leave.

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To register to vote by mail you need to provide your Minnesota driver's license number or Minnesota ID number. If you do not have a Minnesota driver's license or Minnesota ID, you will need to provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. If you have none of these, write NONE in box #10b of your voter registration application. This is required by law.

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

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To be eligible to vote in Minnesota you must be:

  • At least 18 years old on Election Day
  • A citizen of the United States
  • A resident of Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
  • Not under court-ordered guardianship in which the court order revokes your right to vote or not been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote
  • Not convicted of a felony, your felony sentence has expired (been completed,) or you have been discharged from your sentence
  • Not have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law

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