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Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State

In Minnesota, we take pride in our longstanding tradition of fair, open and honest elections.  Everyone must take responsibility to see that this tradition continues.

It is illegal to knowingly deceive a voter in Minnesota to keep them from voting by providing misinformation about:

It is illegal to try to intimidate voters because they voted or did not vote, including:

  • injuring or threatening to injure people, or
  • interfering with their activity  (18 USC 245)

It is illegal for federal, state, or local officials in their official capacity to prevent anyone eligible to vote from voting (18 USC 242).

It is illegal to run for state or local office in a jurisdiction in which you do not reside. Candidates for state and local offices are required to reside in the jurisdiction in which they are running for office. The length of time that they are required to have resided in the jurisdiction varies depending upon the office for which they are running. It is illegal to run for state or local office if you have not resided in the district for the required length of time. (Minnesota Constitution,Article IV, Section 6; Article V, Section 2; Article VI, Section 4; Article VII, Section 6; Minnesota Statutes, section 204B.06)

It is illegal to vote or to register to vote if you are not eligible.

To be eligible to vote in Minnesota you must:

  • be at least 18-years-old on Election Day
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
  • have any felony conviction record discharged, expired, or completed
  • 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

It is illegal to:

It is also illegal to:

Last updated: 1/21/2014 10:12:47 AM