Vote

Your Voice. Your Vote.

Local elections have a national impact! Minnesota saw just 50 percent of eligible voters in the last midterm election. Exercise your right to participate in our democracy during this 2018 midterm election! 

Get ready to vote!

Your vote is your voice! Minnesota’s Primary Election is August 14 and General Election is November 6. Follow these steps to make sure your vote is heard; each step has a clickable link to the online resource you will need to complete the step. 

  1. Check your registration status online.
  2. If needed, register or update your information. You can do this onlinemail in your registration, or register at the polls by bringing an acceptable ID.
  3. Ask your friends and family if they’re registered to vote, and show them how they can use their voices and votes too!
  4. Learn about the candidates running in your area and view a sample ballot. You can even mark up your sample ballot and bring it into the voting booth with you.
  5. Vote! Find your polling place to vote in person on Election Day or vote early via absentee ballot.

FAQs

Email address or paper registration form

MN driver’s license OR MN-issued ID card OR last four digits of Social Security number

All Minnesota voters will have these races on their ballot:

  • S. Senator
  • S. Senator (special election)
  • S. Representative
  • Governor & Lt. Governor
  • Secretary of State
  • State Auditor
  • Attorney General
  • State Representative
  • Judicial offices

Some voters will have one or more of these races on their ballot:

  • County Officers
  • City Officers
  • School Board Members
  • Township Officers
  • Hospital Board Members
  • Park Board
  • District Members
  • Local ballot questions

AUG 14: Primary Election

SEP 21-NOV 5: Vote by mail or in person via absentee ballot

NOV 6: Election Day

Polling places in Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Isanti, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Washington, and Wright counties are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. As long as you’re in line by 8 p.m., you can vote, even if you do not reach the front of the line until after 8 p.m.

You have the right to time off work to vote in all state and federal elections, and in all regularly scheduled local elections. Your employer cannot require you to use personal leave or vacation time (see Minnesota Statutes 204C.04 and 204C.08 subd. 1d). Your employer can ask that you tell them when you will be gone, and ask that employees coordinate their absences to minimize workplace disruptions.

If you fear for your safety, you can still register and vote without your address becoming public by enrolling in the Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program.This program allows a person to vote by absentee ballot through the mail through the Safe at Home office so that their name and address is never shared with their local elections office. Only their marked ballot is counted. Learn more and enroll at https://www.sos.state.mn.us/safe-at-home/.

If you are homeless, you can register to vote using the location of where you sleep as your address, including shelter, at a friend’s house, or outside somewhere. If you sleep outside, you can write a description of its location on line four of the voter registration application. For example, “In the NW corner of Jefferson Park near the intersection of Winston Ave. and Smith St.” Learn more here: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/register-to-vote/im-homeless/.

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