Voter Registration Drives
Any individual or organization can register voters. There is no training or enrollment requirement. However, our office is available to answer questions and share best practices. For assistance, contact the Elections Division at (651) 215-1440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers who will be helpings others register to vote or obtain an absentee ballot can view this video tutorial to learn about current election laws, including new changes in effect in 2014.
You can help voters fill out a form and, with the voter’s permission, mail or drop off the form on their behalf. You can help a voter submit an online application, as long as it is done with the voter’s consent and in their presence. Make sure the voter understands the eligibility requirements for voting before signing.
Deadlines for Returning Forms
Applications you collect must be received by the Office of the Secretary of State, or by the voter’s county auditor, within 10 days of when the voter signed and dated the application. To pre-register for an election, the application must be received at least three weeks before Election Day.
Offering Incentives for Registering to Vote Prohibited
It is illegal to give a voter money or something of value in exchange for registering to vote in a federal election (42 USC 1973i (c)). Items of value that are distributed during voter registration activities, such as buttons or food, must be made available to any individual, regardless of whether they register to vote or not.
Compensation for Collecting Voter Registration Applications
You can compensate workers for registering voters. However, you cannot compensate by a fixed payment rate per application, or compensate more (or less) for getting a set number or quota of applications. Breaking this law is a petty misdemeanor.
State Agency and Nonprofit Voter Registration Requirements
State agencies and nonprofits that have contracts with the State of Minnesota must provide voter registration to the public (Minnesota Statutes 201.162). Appropriate employees must be assigned to provide nonpartisan voter registration help, including asking the public if they want to register.