With a few exceptions, any U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old, who has lived in Minnesota for 20 days is eligible to vote.
(Exceptions include someone who is under a court-ordered guardianship in which the right to vote has been revoked or a person who is considered legally incompetent to vote, as determined by a court. In addition, a person who has been convicted of a felony may vote only if the felony sentence has expired or has been discharged by a court.)
Polls generally are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. In some rural townships, polls open at 10 a.m. Under state law, employees who are eligible to vote have the right to be away from work for the time necessary to go to their polling place, vote and return to work, without being penalized or having their pay deducted.
You can register at your polling place on Election Day. You must provide proof of your identity and where you live. You may use any of the following:
Or, you may provide a photo ID plus a current bill with your current name and address in the precinct:
Absentee voting begins 30 days before each election. You can vote by absentee ballot if you can’t vote in person on Election Day because you are:
You can apply for an absentee ballot at your city elections office or download an application at a number of websites, including those maintained by the secretary of State, many counties and cities.
You may mail in your absentee ballot or cast it in person at your county elections office during regular office hours.
If you cast your ballot by mail, it must arrive by 3 p.m. on Election Day at the office that issued it.
Sources: Secretary of State, Minneapolis Elections Office, House Research
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