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More Than 1,400 Applications Submitted Through Online Voter Registration Tool
Pre-Registration for November 5 Election Is Closed, But Minnesotans May Register on Election Day
Posted Date: 10/16/2013

Contact: Nathan Bowie (651) 297-8919

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — Minnesota’s new online voter registration system has received 1,459 applications for new registration or updating of existing registration since the launch of the tool, September 26, according to the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State.

The deadline to use the online system to pre-register for the November 5 election was 5 p.m., yesterday, October 15. Minnesotans who missed the deadline are able to register at their polling place on Election Day. The online voter registration system will remain operational for Minnesotans to register for 2014 elections.

“The response to the system has demonstrated the enthusiasm and action of Minnesotans when it comes to participating in our democracy,” says Secretary of State Mark Ritchie. “In addition to making the process more convenient to voters, it is supporting and streamlining the work of county election officials who have been asking for this tool for years.”

Online Voter Registration Tool Update
According to the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, the online voter registration tool has resulted in:

  • 1,459 total applications.
  • 915 registration updates — due to voters’ address or name changes. Reflecting the experience of other states with online registration, the vast majority of transactions are registration updates.
  • 323 new voter registrations.
  • 127 applications are currently being processed.
  • 94 submitted registrations could not be processed because of incomplete or unverifiable data on applications.

Of the 1,459 applications, 1,207 were from the seven-county metro area. Hennepin County led all counties with 154 new voter registrations and 525 registration updates; followed by Ramsey County (31 new voter registrations and 95 registration updates); and Dakota County (42 new voter registrations and 69 registration updates). Applications have been submitted by residents from 56 of the state’s 87 counties.

How to Apply for an Absentee Ballot
Military and overseas voters may request an absentee ballot online; to-date, 25 absentee ballots have been applied for using the new online tool that was rolled out together with the online voter registration system.

Minnesotans unable to make it to the polling place on Election Day may cast an absentee ballot prior to Election Day by completing an application for an absentee ballot and submitting it by mail, fax or email. Learn more online about absentee voting.

Register to Vote on Election Day November 5
Eligible voters may register at their polling place on Election Day as long as the voter can provide proof of residence, which could include many options, including: valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, Minnesota ID card, valid student ID card with photo and more. Learn all the options for proofs of residence needed to register on Election Day.

Election Day November 5
More than 35 municipalities across the state will hold elections November 5 for various city officers, and more than 10 school districts will hold elections for school board members and/or have ballot questions. View list of municipalities and school districts holding elections

Minnesotans are encouraged to prepare for Election Day November 5 by visiting to check registration, find polling places, view sample ballots and more.