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Minnesota

Population

5,639,632

Voting-Age Pop.

4,037,295

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 47 %
Trump 45 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 13, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    Yes
  • ID Required
    No


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

To vote by mail, apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to you. You do not need to be registered to apply.

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  • No, residents of Minnesota must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

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No, residents of Minnesota must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

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  • You can apply for a ballot any time during the year, except the day of the election.


    Leave time for election officials to mail your ballot.

Request ballot by: Nov 2

You can apply for a ballot any time during the year, except the day of the election.


Leave time for election officials to mail your ballot.

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  • Sept 18: In-person absentee voting for the general election begins.


    Sept 18 also marks the initial mailing of ballots to registered voters in precincts voting by mail.

When will I receive my ballot?

Sept 18: In-person absentee voting for the general election begins.


Sept 18 also marks the initial mailing of ballots to registered voters in precincts voting by mail.

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  • Ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day (Nov 3) and received by your county within the next seven calendar days (Nov 10).

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Ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day (Nov 3) and received by your county within the next seven calendar days (Nov 10).

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  • You can return your ballot in person no later than 3pm on Election Day to the election office that sent your ballot.

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You can return your ballot in person no later than 3pm on Election Day to the election office that sent your ballot.

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  • You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.

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You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

The 2020 early voting dates are Sept 18 to Nov 2. All voters have at least one location where they can vote early in person with an absentee ballot. Depending on where you live, there may be additional locations.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

Yes

To register at your polling place on Election Day, bring one proof of residence.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

No

If your voter registration is current and active, you do not need to bring identification. This means you were successfully registered at least 21 days before Election Day and you have not moved or changed names since then. If you need to register or update your registration, or you have not voted in four years or more, you will need to show proof of residence before you vote.



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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - sos.state.mn.us

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • US Passport

  • US Military or Veteran ID

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  • Valid Minnesota Driver’s License, Learner's Permit or ID

    Or a receipt for any of these

  • State ID or Learner’s Permit

    Issued by any state

  • Minnesota University, College or Technical College ID

  • Minnesota High School ID

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  • Bill, Account or Start-of-Service Statement for Phone, TV or Internet, Solid Waste, Sewer, Electric, Gas or Water

    Due or dated within 30 days of the election

  • Rent or Mortgage, Residential Lease or Rent Agreement

    Valid through Election Day

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  • Tribal ID

    With name, address, photo and signature

  • Banking or Credit Card

  • Current Student Fee Statement


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