Who is eligible to vote?
You are eligible to vote in Minnesota if you are:
How do I register to vote?
To register to vote, you can do any of the following:
Stop by our office Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm and complete a voter registration application.
Download, print and complete a voter registration application from the Minnesota Secretary of State's website: http://www.sos.state.mn.us, bring it in or mail to us. You can also click here for the application.
Send an email request for a voter registration application to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your name, address, telephone number, and how many voter registration applications you would like mailed to you.
Call (507) 328-7650 and leave your name, address, zip code and the number of eligible voters in your household. Voter registration applications will be mailed to you.
What if I have changed my name or address since I last registered?
Any previously registered voter who changes his or her name or address must re-register to vote. A change of name or address requires a new registration and a new signature from the applicant.
To register, please see the "How Do I Register To Vote?" section of these FAQs.
If you have moved since last registering to vote, it is important to update your voter registration information so you are voting for the candidates who will represent you.
Why should I pre-register?
Pre-registration ensures convenience and quicker service when you arrive at the polls on Election Day.
You can register on Election Day, however you will need to bring proof of residency with you.
Please note there is a registration cut-off prior to every primary and every general election of 20 days before Primary Election and General Election Day. For registration after the cut-off, the best thing to do is register at the polls. ]Please check with our office for accurate dates.
How do I register on Election Day?
You will complete a voter registration application at your polling place.
Be sure to bring one of the required following forms of identification showing your current address:
*Note: The utility bill must have your name, current address, and be due within 30 days of the election. Utility bills may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cell phone or cable TV
**Tribal identification cards that contain the name, address, signature and picture of the tribal member will have the same status as a Minnesota driver license. Therefore, such tribal identification cards are sufficient proof of identity and residency, and may be used without any other documentation to register to vote on election day in the precinct in which the address on the tribal identification card is located, without regard to whether the tribal members live on or off their tribal reservations.
Tribal identification cards with a photo that do not contain any address or a current address can be used in combination with a current utility bill to register to vote on election day in the precinct in which the address on the utility bill is located.
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?
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.