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Voter Pre-Registration Deadline for Primary Election Is One Week Away
Online Registration Encouraged; Nearly 5,700 Have Registered Online Successfully
Posted Date: 7/15/2014

Contact: Nathan Bowie, (651) 297-8919,

SAINT PAUL, Minnesota — Eligible Minnesota voters have one week until the July 22 deadline to pre-register to vote for the August 12 Primary Election. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie encourages voters to register online at to save time at the polling place.

Nearly 5,700 eligible Minnesota voters have successfully registered online.

“Online registration delivers a great convenience for eligible voters to get involved and get ready to vote,” says Ritchie.

Voters may also pre-register by contacting their local elections office to request a voter registration application form, or download and print an application (available in several languages) at

Paper voter registration forms must be received by elections offices by 5 p.m. on July 22, while voters may register online until 11:59 p.m. on July 22.

Voters who miss the July 22 pre-registration deadline can still register at their polling place on Primary Election Day by bringing one of the many approved proof-of-residence options, listed at

Voters may continue to register to vote online for the November 4 General Election through 11:59 p.m., October 14.

Get Ready to Vote — Voter Tools at
Voters are encouraged to visit for other helpful online tools, including:

  • Request Absentee Ballot — voters can easily request an absentee ballot online, rather than printing/scanning application forms, and returning by mail, fax or email.
  • Absentee Ballot Lookup — voters can find the status of their absentee ballot.
  • Voter Registration Lookup — voters can check if they are registered to vote at their current address.
  • Online Voter Registration — nearly 5,700 voters have successfully registered online since September 2013.
  • My Ballot — voters can view their sample ballot and find links to candidates’ websites.
  • Polling Place Finder — voters can find their voting location.

2014 Is a Significant Election Year
This election year, Minnesota voters will head to the polls to decide a U.S. Senate seat, all of Minnesota’s eight U.S. House seats, as well as governor and other state officers, and all Minnesota State House seats. The 2014 election will also include many county commissioners, county sheriffs, county attorneys, auditors, treasurers and recorders.

Key 2014 election dates:

  • July 22 — Pre-registration deadline for Primary Election. Voters are encouraged to pre-register to vote to avoid long lines and waits at the polling place. Voters who miss this deadline may still register at their polling place on Primary Election Day, August 12.
  • August 12 — Primary Election Day.
  • September 19 — Absentee ballots will be available for the November 4 General Election.
  • October 14 — Pre-registration deadline for the General Election. Voters are encouraged to pre-register to vote to avoid long lines and waits at the polling place. Voters who miss this deadline may still register at their polling place on Election Day, November 4.
  • November 4 — General Election Day.

View all 2014 election dates at the Secretary of State Website and sign up to receive election-related email updates.

About the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State
The Secretary of State is the chief election official in Minnesota and is responsible for the administration of the state’s election law. In this capacity, the office operates the Statewide Voter Registration System and prepares the official roster of voters for every election. The office also accepts filings by candidates, trains local election officials, and conducts voter education and outreach programs.

The Secretary of State is the keeper of the Great Seal of Minnesota and has the role of certifying the authenticity of a wide variety of official documents, including proclamations and executive orders.

A main function of the office is the review, approval and filing of articles of incorporation and amendments for all businesses and nonprofit organizations conducting business in Minnesota. The Secretary of State also processes all notary public applications; serves as the state’s central filing system for lien information related to the Uniform Commercial Code; and administers Safe at Home, an address confidentiality program designed to assist Minnesotans who fear for their safety.