Guide to Voting

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Requirements to Vote
To register, you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years old on Election Day
  • A resident of Minnesota for 20 days
  • Finished with all parts of any felony sentence
  • You can vote while under guardianship unless a judge specifically has revoked your right to vote.
  • You cannot vote if a court has ruled that you are legally incompetent


2014 Important Dates

  • Absentee ballots available for Primary Election — Friday, June 27

  • Primary pre-registration deadline — Tuesday, July 22 (Voters can also register on Election Day).

  • Primary Election (learn more) — Tuesday, August 12

  • Absentee ballots available for General Election (learn more) — Friday, September 19

  • Pre-registration deadline. (Voters can also register on Election Day) — Tuesday, October 14

  • Election Day — Tuesday, November 4


Get Registered


Get Informed


Go Vote on Election Day

  • Sign in and Register if Needed — An election judge will ask for your name and address. If you registered before Election Day, you will be on the voter list and can sign in. If you did not pre-register to vote, you can to register at the polling place. Learn about Election Day registration.

  • Get a Ballot  — You will receive a receipt after you sign in or register. Give the receipt to the next election judge, who will give you a ballot and show you how to mark it. The judge will answer questions and direct you to a private booth to vote.

  • Fill out the Ballot —  Ballot instructions will say how many candidates to choose for each office. Take as much time as you need. If you make a mistake, ask for a new ballot. 
    • Voters can also use the AutoMARK ballot-marking device to complete their ballot. AutoMARK allows voters to vote independently and privately through a variety of accessibility options for marking a ballot — such as large printing, audio instructions, key pad or touchscreen.


Vote Early with an Absentee Ballot

  • You can vote early by using an absentee ballot — instead of voting in person on Election Day. You may vote absentee by mail or in person. Learn more about absentee voting.