MINNESOTA

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 21 days before Election Day
  • You may also register during absentee voting by-mail and in-person, and on Election Day at your voting location.
  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 16, 2018
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

If you register to vote online, you will need a Minnesota driver’s license number, learner’s permit number, or photo ID card number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

First-time voters who register through a paper application must provide a driver’s license number or last four digits of their Social Security number, or a copy of a current and valid photo ID, current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document with a current name and address, when they register or the first time they vote.

If you choose to register on Election Day, you will need to show proof of address and identification. A full list of acceptable forms of proof can be found at http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/register-to-vote.

 

 

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

Minnesota voters with current and active registrations do not need to show ID before voting. These groups of Minnesota voters must show ID before voting:

  • Those who have not previously registered to vote in Minnesota.
  • Those who submitted paper registrations after preregistration closed
  • Those whose address or other information could not be confirmed/show as challenged on voter rolls
  • Those who previously registered but have since moved or changed their name
  • Those who have had their voting rights taken away and then restored

If you fall into any of these categories, you will need to either submit a copy of one of the acceptable IDs in advance, show ID while voting in person, or mail a copy with their absentee ballot. For those voters, acceptable ID includes:

  • A current photo ID that shows your Minnesota address;
  • A photo ID without current address (e.g. student ID, passport, military ID) and a bill (due within 30 days of the election) such as a utility bill, bank statement, government check, or paycheck;
  • Proof of address and identification by voucher – any registered voter in your precinct can confirm your address with a signed oath if they know you live in the election district.
  • College student ID with housing list provided to election officials by your college or university;
  • Valid registration in the same precinct; or
  • Notice of late registration.

 

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

You may request an absentee ballot through either a paper or online application. If you apply for an absentee ballot online, you must provide an email address and a Minnesota-issued driver’s license/ID card number or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Absentee ballot applications must be submitted online or received by your local election office by the day before Election Day.

You must fill out your absentee ballot in front of another registered Minnesota voter or a notary and submit your absentee ballot either by mailing it or by hand delivering it to your local elections office. If you are submitting your ballot by mail, it must be received by your local elections office before polls close on Election Day. If you hand deliver your absentee ballot, it must be received by your local elections office no later than 3 p.m. on Election Day.

You may register to vote at the same time as you vote by absentee ballot, so long as you include a registration form and have shown your proof of address to the person who witnesses your ballot.

Early In-person

All Minnesota voters may vote “absentee” in-person beginning 46 days before Election Day. Unregistered voters may register by bringing a proof of address with them to their early voting location.

County elections office serve as early voting locations during its normal business hours. Cities and towns may provide additional early voting locations as well. All early voting locations are open the last Saturday before Election Day and the day before Election Day. For more information on early voting locations and hours, visit http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/other-ways-to-vote/.

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in Minnesota affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • After becoming a Minnesota resident, you have sixty days to get a Minnesota driver’s license. For more information, you may wish to contact the Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety Division of Driver and Vehicle Services.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Minnesota legal professional.

Last updated June 2018