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How to Vote in Minnesota's 2022 Elections

En español | Minnesota’s Nov. 8 general election will decide races for governor, the U.S. House of Representatives, state legislature and other statewide offices.

Essential info:

  • Absentee voting: All registered voters can cast a no-excuse absentee ballot and vote from home. But you’ll need another registered voter or a notary as a witness.
  • Early in-person voting: Cast an absentee ballot early and in person at your county election office rom June 24 through Aug. 8 for the primaries and from Sept. 23 through Nov. 7.
  • In-person voting on Election Day: The primaries are Tuesday, Aug. 9, and the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. In most of the state, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

What's new this year?

A plan for U.S. congressional redistricting has been approved and certain district boundaries have been redrawn and may change which candidates appear on your ballot.

What races are on the ballot?

  • Governor: incumbent Gov. Tim Walz (D), former state senator Scott Jensen (R)
  • U.S. House: all 8 seats
  • State Senate: all 67 seats
  • State House: all 134 seats
  • Other statewide offices

How do I register to vote?

  • Online: Use the state’s voter information portal to register, update your voter information and check your registration status. You’ll need an email address and a Minnesota state ID, driver’s license or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Register by Oct. 18.
  • By mail:  Download and print an application form or contact your county elections office and ask that a form be mailed to you. Mail your application to either your county elections office or to the Secretary of State’s office at First National Bank Building, 332 Minnesota St., Suite N201, Saint Paul, MN 55101. Register by Oct. 18.
  • In person: If you missed the registration deadlines or would prefer to register in person, you can do so at your polling place on Election Day, Nov. 8. You’ll need an approved form of ID, such as a Minnesota driver’s license or state-issued ID. If you don’t have one, you’ll need a photo ID, such as a U.S. passport or military card, along with a bill, lease or other document that confirms your name and address. A full list of ID requirements is on the state election website.
  • Check your registration status using the state’s online voter information portal.
Large Turnout For Early Voting In Minneapolis, Minnesota
A voter walks into an early voting center in Minneapolis.
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How can I get a mail-in or absentee ballot?  Are there important deadlines?

Any registered voter can request a no-excuse absentee ballot and vote from home November’s general election. Voters can request ballots throughout the year — except on Election Day — but officials recommend that you submit a request a few weeks before an election. You can request a ballot online, by mail or in person.

Ballots will be sent starting Sept. 23.

  • By mail:  Print out an application form, then complete and mail it to your county elections office. Or call the office and ask that a form be mailed to you. You’ll need a Minnesota driver’s license, a state ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

The state elections office will begin sending absentee ballots to voters on June 24 for the August primary and September 23 for the general. Voters are encouraged to apply before July 8 for the primary and before Oct. 7 for the general.

Once you receive your ballot, you’ll need a witness signature from a notary or from another registered voter. You can return your ballot by mail or in person.

  • By mail: Place your completed ballot in the prepaid, pre addressed envelope and mail it to your county election office. Your ballot must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
  • In person: Drop off your completed ballot (and up to three other people’s ballots) at your county election office by 3 p.m. on Election Day.

Voters with disabilities and those who are hospitalized or live in a nursing home or assisted living facility can designate an agent to pick up and return an absentee ballot for them. But they will need to fill out an additional form and have their agent deliver it to their county election office.

Can I track my absentee ballot?

Yes. Check the status of your absentee ballot using the state’s voter information portal.

Can I vote in person before Election Day?

Yes, you can cast an absentee ballot in person at your county elections office and, in some cases, at your city clerk’s office. Early voting runs from Sept. 23 through Nov. 7 for the general election. Hours vary by day and by location, so contact your county elections office for more information.

When is Election Day? When are polls open?

The primaries are Tuesday, Aug. 9; the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are generally open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. — towns with populations below 500 may not open polling places before 10 a.m. You should be allowed to vote if you’re in line before the polls close. Use the state’s voter information portal to find your polling location and hours.

Do I need identification to vote?

If your voter registration is current and active, you do not need to bring ID. If you need to register or update your registration, or haven’t voted in more than four years, proof of residence may be required. Valid forms of ID include a Minnesota driver’s license or Minnesota state ID. You can also show a photo ID plus a document with your current name and address. A full list of acceptable IDs is on the secretary of state’s website.

    Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Aug. 10, 2022, with information about how to vote in 2022. The guide was first published on July 29, 2020.

    Also of Interest:

    • Follow AARP's political coverage at aarp.org/elections  
    • Keep up with local events and AARP advocacy efforts at aarp.org/minnesota
    • Text MNVOTES to 22777 to receive a one-time text message with a link to Minnesota voter information. Message and data rates may apply. Terms apply: https://aarp.info/tcady
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