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How to Register to Vote on Election Day

check-mark110x110Voter Eligibility

To register, you must be:

  • a U.S. citizen
  • at least 18 years of age on Election Day
  • a resident of Minnesota for 20 days
  • finished with all parts of any felony sentence
  • you can vote while under guardianship unless a judge specifically has revoked your right to vote
  • you cannot vote if a court has ruled you to be legally incompetent.

Registering on Election Day

If you didn’t register to vote before Election Day, you can do so at your local polling location. You’ll need to bring the following proof of residence options with you:

Option 1:  Bring ID with Current Name and Address

  • a valid Minnesota driver’s license, Minnesota learner’s permit, Minnesota ID card or a receipt for any of these
  • a tribal ID card with your name address, photo and signature

Option 2:  Bring Photo ID Plus a Document with Current Name and Address

The ID can be expired, and the document can also be shown electronically on a device like a smartphone or tablet, etc.

Accepted photo IDs (bring one ID and one document)

  • driver’s license, state ID card or learner’s permit issued by any state
  • United States passport
  • United State military ID card
  • tribal ID card with the name, signature and photo of the voter
  • Minnesota university, college or technical college ID card
  • Minnesota high school ID card

Accepted documents (bring one document and one ID)

  • bill, account or start service statement due or dated within 30 days of election for:
    • phone (landline, cell, VoIP, etc.)
    • TV (cable, satellite, etc.)
    • internet services
    • solid waste or sewer services
    • electric, gas or water
    • banking or credit card
    • rent or mortgage payments
  • residential lease or rental agreement (must be valid through Election Day)

Option 3:  Registered Voter Who Can Confirm Your Name and Address

A registered voter from your precinct can go with you to the polling place to sign an oath confirming your address. A registered voter can vouch for up to eight others. A voter who registers by being vouched for cannot vouch for others.

Option 4:  College Student ID If a Student Housing List was Provided

College students can use a student photo ID card if their college provided a student housing list to election officials.

Options 5:  Valid Registration in the Same Precinct

If you were previously registered in the precinct but changed names or moved within the same precinct, you only need to tell the election official your previous name or address — no additional documentation is needed.

Option 6:  Notice of Late Registration

If you pre-registered to vote too close to Election Day, you may have received a Notice of Late Registration in the mail. This notice can be used to register.

Option 7:  Staff Person of a Residential Facility

If you live in a residential facility, a facility staff person can go with you to the polling place to confirm your address. The staff person must either be on a list provided by the facility before the election or be able to demonstrate employment at the facility.


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