En español | Minnesota’s Aug. 9 primaries will determine which candidates appear on November’s general-election ballot for governor, U.S. House and other statewide offices.
A plan for U.S. congressional redistricting has been approved and redrawn certain district boundaries and may change which candidates appear on your ballot and the location of your polling place. A special election to fill a vacancy following the February death of Rep. Jim Hagedorn, who represented Minnesota's First District in the U.S. House, has been scheduled for Aug. 9.
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.
Any registered voter can request a no-excuse absentee ballot and vote from home in the August primaries and in November’s general election. Voters can request ballots throughout the year — except on Election Day — but officials recommend that you submit a request a few weeks before an election. You can request a ballot online, by mail or in person.
The state elections office will begin sending absentee ballots to voters on June 24 for the August primary and September 23 for the general. Voters are encouraged to apply before July 8 for the primary and before Oct. 7 for the general.
Once you receive your ballot, you’ll need a witness signature from a notary or from another registered voter. You can return your ballot by mail or in person.
Voters with disabilities and those who are hospitalized or live in a nursing home or assisted living facility can designate an agent to pick up and return an absentee ballot for them. But they will need to fill out an additional form and have their agent deliver it to their county election office.
Check the status of your absentee ballot using the state’s voter information portal.
Yes, you can cast an absentee ballot in person at your county elections office and, in some cases, at your city clerk’s office. Early voting runs from June 24 through Aug. 8 for the primaries and Sept. 23 through Nov. 7 for the general election. Hours vary by day and by location, so contact your county elections office for more information.
The primaries are Tuesday, Aug. 9; the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. 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.
Only if you need to register or update your registration or if you haven’t voted in four years; in that case, you’ll need to show a valid form of ID, such as a Minnesota driver’s license or state-issued ID. If you don’t have that, you’ll need to show a U.S. passport, a military ID or an in-state school ID, as well as a bill, bank statement or lease that confirms your 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 June 16 with information about how to vote in 2022. The guide was first published on July 29, 2020.
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