How can I register to vote in Minnesota?
In Minnesota, you may register to vote at least 21 days prior to an election or on election day at your polling place. You must re-register each time you change address, change names or do not vote for four years in a row.
To be eligible to register on election day you must:
- be a U.S. citizen
- be at least 18 years old on election day
- have resided in Minnesota for 20 days
- be finished with all parts of any felony sentence
- not be under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights
- have not been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law.
To register you will need to provide proof of residence. There are several options to register at your polling place.
Option 1: ID with Current Name and Address – Accepted IDs include a valid Minnesota driver’s license, Minnesota learner’s permit, Minnesota ID card (or a receipt for any of these), or a 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 include a 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; or a Minnesota high school ID card.
Accepted documents include a residential lease or rental agreement (must be valid through Election Day); current student fee statement; or a 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; or 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.
Option 7: Staff Person of a Residential Facility – If you live in a residential facility, a facility staff person can go with you to the polling place to confirm your address.
More information about voter registration can be found online at http://www.sos.state.mn.us/index.aspx?page=204.