Frequently Asked Questions
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When is the next election?
- The general election is taking place on Tuesday, November 3rd 2020.
- Register in advance in MN by Tuesday, October 13th to save time on Election Day.
- Request an absentee ballot to vote by mail or vote early in person in MN from Friday, September 18, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020.
- In this general election, all voters will have these races on their general election ballot: U.S. President, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, State Senator, State Representative, and Judicial seats. Voters may also have one or more of these races on their ballot: County Officials, City Officers, School Board Members, Township Officers, and Local ballot questions.
- To view a sample of your individual ballot ahead of the election, use the My Ballot finder application from the Minnesota Secretary of State.
- To find information about voting in another state besides MN, see Campus Vote Project or Vote.org.
- If you need to register to vote in MN or any other state, another option is to let TurboVote walk you through the process.
2020 Elections & COVID-19
- Guidance on voting in the upcoming elections may be affected by current conditions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Many jurisdictions are encouraging voters to vote by mail using an absentee ballot in response to the current crisis. Find information on voting by mail in Minnesota from the Secretary of State.
- To find information about voting by mail in another state, see Campus Vote Project or Vote.org.
- To stay current on any updates and recommendations for voting in the 2020 election in Minnesota, refer to the Secretary of State 2020 Elections & COVID-19 page and the City of Minneapolis Voting and COVID-19: What You Should Know.
Am I eligible to register and vote in Minnesota? You must:
- be at least 18 years old on Election Day,
- be a citizen of the United States,
- have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day,
- have any felony conviction record discharged, expired, or completed,
- not be under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights, and
- not have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law
If I'm a college student in Minnesota, can I vote where I go to school?
- You should register to vote from the address you currently consider home. You can only register and vote in one location.
- If you moved to Minnesota from another state and currently consider Minnesota your home, you can vote here even if you pay out-of-state tuition or have a driver’s license from another state. See more detailed information on the MN Secretary of State voting page for college students.
- If you attend school in Minnesota but you still consider your home to be at an address in another state, you can find information about registering online and voting by mail (absentee voting) or in-person for your home state at Campus Vote Project or Vote.org.
How do I register to vote?
- The 2020 primary election will be held Tuesday, Aug.11, 2020. The 2020 general election will be on Tuesday, Nov.3, 2020
- Check your registration status to see if you're registered at your current address in MN.
- Vote by mail or vote early in person in MN September 18, 2020 to November 2, 2020.
- Register in advance by October 13 in MN to save time on Election Day.
- Register online easily through the Minnesota Secretary of State's website or find more information about how to register on paper.
- If you consider your home to be in a state other than Minnesota, see Campus Vote Project or Vote.org.
How do I register on Election Day in Minnesota? (Same-day voter registration)
- You will need to verify who you are and where you live.
- Only certain documents are accepted. To be sure you bring the correct documents, see the detailed information about registering to vote on Election Day on the Minnesota Secretary of State website.
- TurboVote is a place you can register, sign up for election reminders and request mail-in ballots.
Where do I vote in Minnesota?
- The Minnesota Polling Place Finder provides location and maps/direction information. You just enter your home address information. If you are voting outside of Minnesota, see Vote411 for polling place and other information.
- Registered voters can also vote early in person at an Early Vote Center.
If I am out of town on Election Day, how can I vote in Minnesota?
- You can vote early with an absentee ballot starting 46 days before Election Day.
How do I find information about registering and voting in another state besides Minnesota?
- TurboVote will walk you through the process of registering to vote in any state.
- To find information about the voting process in each of the 50 states, see the Campus Vote Project or Vote.org.