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. The primary took place on Aug. 9.
- 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 from Sept. 23 through Nov. 7 for the general election.
- In-person voting on Election Day: 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?
Minnesota has approved new U.S. congressional and state legislative maps based on the 2020 census. The redrawing of the state's district boundaries may change which candidates appear on your ballot and where you vote.
What races are on the ballot?
- Governor: Former state Sen. Scott Jensen (R), Incumbent Gov. Tim Walz (D)
- 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?
Note that the deadline to register for this year’s elections (Oct. 18) has passed. Follow these steps to register to vote in future elections.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Online: Use the state elections absentee ballot request portal to apply for your ballot online.
- 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.
- In person: Request an absentee ballot and vote in person at your county election office starting Sept. 23 for the general election.
The state elections office will begin sending absentee ballots to voters on September 23. Voters are encouraged to apply 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 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 Oct. 21, 2022, with information about how to vote in 2022. The guide was first published on July 29, 2020.