En español | Minnesota’s Nov. 8 general election will decide races for governor, the U.S. House of Representatives, state legislature and other statewide offices. The primary took place on Aug. 9.
A plan for U.S. congressional redistricting has been approved and certain district boundaries have been redrawn and may change which candidates appear on your ballot.
Any registered voter can request a no-excuse absentee ballot and vote from home 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.
Ballots will be sent starting Sept. 23.
The state elections office will begin sending absentee ballots to voters on September 23. Voters are encouraged to apply 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.
Yes. 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 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 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.
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. 10, 2022, with information about how to vote in 2022. The guide was first published on July 29, 2020.
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