FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions


Early absentee voting

In Minnesota, you can vote early with an absentee ballot starting 46 days before Election Day. Visit www.mnvotes.org to get the information you need:

  1. Click "Other Ways to Vote" 
  2. Select "Vote Early by Mail"

The online absentee ballot application for the August primary and November general election will be available in May.

You can also call Olmsted County Elections at 507-328-7650 to request that an absentee ballot be mailed to you.

Early voting for the August primary is from June 26 - August 10. Early voting for the November general election runs September 18 - November 2.

Find a Polling Place

The Minnesota Secretary of State provides a Polling Place Finder to help you find out where to vote. Simply select your city and enter your address  to get started. Go to the Polling Place Finder.

Prior to most elections, the poll finder will also display what candidates and questions will be on your ballot when you look up your polling place. A sample ballot is also available.

Who is eligible to vote?

You are eligible to vote in Minnesota if you are:

  • At least 18 years or older;

  • A citizen of the United States;

  • A resident of Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding the Election Day.

When to register

Residents should register to vote when any of the following take place:

  • Upon turning 18 years old
  • Name changes
  • Address changes

Online registration

 Registration may be submitted online at MNvotes.org

Check to see if you’re registered

Go to the MNvotes.org website to find out if you are registered to vote at your current address.

Register at the polls

Go to the MNvotes.org website for registration requirements and a list of documents you can use as proof of residence on election day

What if I am not registered but still want to cast an absentee ballot?

If you are not a registered voter, you can still register and vote by absentee ballot. A voter registration application will be included with your absentee ballot materials. The completed application is returned with your voted ballot. The voter registration application cannot be returned separately.

Are you interested in serving as an election judge?

Election judges are an integral part of the election process. The hours for working on Election Day are 6 AM until votes are counted after the polls close at 8 PM. Election judges may serve as many hours as needed in the precinct to which they are assigned. All judges must attend a training session before working at the polls on Election Day. If you are interested in serving as an election judge please fill out the Election Judge Application Form.