Registering to Vote

Voting Eligibility

Before you can vote, you must register. In Minnesota, you may register at least 20 days before election day or on election day at your polling place. To be 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
  • Not have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law

Updating Your Registration

Your registration remains current until you move, change your name, or do not vote for four consecutive years. You may update your registration information by completing and submitting another Voter Registration Application (PDF).

Verify That You're Registered

Use the Voter Registration Lookup to find out if you're already registered to vote at your current address.

Registering Before Election Day

You may register to vote by completing a Voter Registration Application and submitting it by mail or in-person to your local election official. Find contact information for your county elections official by using the Election Official Directory.

Register Notification

Once you're registered, you will receive a postcard with information about where you vote (your polling place) and your name will appear on the list of voters at your polling place. It takes some time to put the list together, so if you haven't registered at least 21 days before the election, you can register at the polling place on election day.