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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

Eligibility & Instructions

Voter Eligibility
To register, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years old on Election Day
  • A resident of Minnesota for 20 days
  • Finished with all parts of any felony sentence
  • You can vote while under guardianship unless a judge specifically has revoked your right to vote.
  • You cannot vote if a court has ruled that you are legally incompetent.

See if you are registered to vote in Minnesota

When and How to Update Your Registration
You must re-register each time you change address, change names or do not vote at least once during a four year period. Update your registration by completing a new registration application.

Registration Dates
You are encouraged to register before Election Day. To pre-register, election officials must receive your application at least three weeks before Election Day.

The 2014 General Election pre-registration deadline is Tuesday, October 14: Register online through 11:59 p.m., October 14; paper voter registration applications must be received by elections offices by 5 p.m., October 14.

You can register at your polling place on Election Day if you miss the pre-registration date.

Ways to Register to Vote

You can also register to vote by checking a box on your driver’s license application or renewal form. If you move to a new Minnesota residence, you can submit a United States Postal Service (USPS) change-of-address form. USPS will notify election officials of the change. If election officials can match the record in their system, they will update your address and mail a green confirmation postcard to you.

Party Affiliation Not Recorded
When registering in Minnesota, you are not required or asked to publicly declare affiliation with a political party. Minnesota does not have political party registration.

Get Proof of Registration
Proof of registration can be obtained from your county elections office

Correct an Error on Your Registration Record
If you note a typo in your name on the confirmation postcard your receive after registering, contact your county elections office.

Confidentiality of Voter Registration Data
Read the Voter Registration Confidentiality Notice to learn how voter registration data can and cannot be used.

Last updated: 9/22/2014 9:45:27 AM