Voting in Minnesota: Nuts and Bolts

State Contact Information

Secretary of State

180 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55155-1299

Phone: 651-215-1440
Fax: 651-296-9073
Email: elections.dept@state.mn.us
Website: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/home/index.asp

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible to vote in Minnesota you must be:

At least 18 years old on Election Day
A citizen of the United States
A resident of Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
Not under court-ordered guardianship in which the court order revokes your right to vote or not been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote
Not convicted of a felony, your felony sentence has expired (been completed,) or you have been discharged from your sentence.

ID Needed for Voting
You only need ID to vote if you have not registered before arriving at the polling precinct. You may register to vote at your polling place on Election Day. ID needed to register to vote at the polling precinct must consist of a combination of one approved photo ID and one approved utility bill. Photo ID examples include:

Minnesota driver's license with current name (licenses from out-of-state are not acceptable.)
Minnesota state ID. (An ID from another state is not acceptable.)
U.S. Military ID
U. S. passport
Minnesota Tribal ID
Utility bill examples include:
Electric bill
Gas bill
Water bill
Sewer bill
Solid waste bill
Cable television bill
Telephone bill
Please note that the utility bill must have your name, current address, and be due within 30 days of the election.

Absentee Ballot Process
You can vote by absentee ballot if you are unable to vote in person on Election Day because:

You are away from home
Ill or disabled
An election judge serving in another precinct
You are unable to go to the polling place due to a religious holiday or beliefs.
With absentee voting, you can vote either in person before Election Day at a location designated by your county elections official or by mail. For more information on absentee voting, please visit the Minnesota Secretary of State's website.

For overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel who wish to register to vote and request an absentee ballot, go here.

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
If you need help with voting, you can ask the election judges at the polling place for assistance in reading or marking the ballot. You may also bring someone to help you. All polling places should be fully accessible with clearly marked accessible doors and parking spaces.

If you cannot easily leave your car, you can ask for the ballot to be brought out to you. If you are unable to go to the polling place due to an illness or disability, you can vote by absentee ballot. If you have limited vision, you may ask for voter registration and absentee ballot instructions in an alternative format.

If you are hearing impaired, every county and most cities will have a TDD device for questions. Materials can be provided in braille, on audio tape, on CD or in large print. To order any brochures or to order a voter registration application and instructions on how to fill it out, contact the secretary of state's elections division at 651-215-1440 or toll free, at 1-877-600-8683. TTY: 1-800-627-3529.


For more information:
Sara Grafstrom, 
Director of Advocacy and Community Relations
sgrafstrom@arrm.org
651-291-1086, ext. 8