En español | Any registered voter can request an absentee ballot, but you’ll need another registered voter or a notary as a witness.
Some cities and school districts are holding elections in 2023.
The next statewide elections include races for seats in the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, state Legislature and state Supreme Court, among others. The presidential primary will be held Tuesday, March 5, 2024. The primary for other offices will be Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2024, and the general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2024.
Legislation that took effect in 2023 has changed voting in Minnesota. Among other changes, the legislation:
In 2024, legislation takes effect that will:
Redistricting in the state changed the boundaries of certain U.S. congressional and state legislative districts, and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot.
No. Minnesotans don’t affiliate with a party when they register to vote, so you can choose which primary in which to participate. But you can vote in only one party’s primary.
Registered voters can request a ballot throughout the year — except on Election Day — but officials recommend that you submit a request a few weeks before an election.
Starting in 2024, you can apply to be on a permanent absentee voter list and automatically receive a ballot before every election.
Request a ballot online, by mail or in person:
Once you receive your ballot, you’ll need a witness signature from a notary or from another registered voter. Return your ballot by mail or in person.
Voters can designate an agent to pick up and return their absentee ballot if they have a disability, are hospitalized or live in a nursing home or assisted living facility. Qualified voters must fill out an additional form that must be delivered to their county election office along with their absentee ballot application.
Yes. Check the status of your absentee ballot using the state’s voter information portal.
You can cast an absentee ballot in person at your county elections office and, in some cases, at your city clerk’s office starting 46 days before an election. Under a law that takes effect in 2024, the hours that these voting locations are open will be extended before a general election. Contact your county elections office for more information.
Polls are generally open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. — towns with populations below 500 may not open polling places before 10 a.m. You should be allowed to vote if you’re in line before the polls close. Use the state’s voter information portal to find your polling location and hours.
If your voter registration is current and active, you do not need to bring ID. If you need to register or update your registration, or haven’t voted in more than four years, proof of residence may be required. Valid forms of ID include a Minnesota driver’s license or Minnesota state ID. You can also show a photo ID plus a document with your current name and address. A full list of acceptable IDs is on the secretary of state’s website.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Aug. 22, 2023. The guide was first published on July 29, 2020.
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