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

Minnesota is automatically sending absentee ballot applications to registered voters.

Data source - sos.state.mn.us

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  • No, residents of Minnesota must apply for a general election absentee ballot. However, MN registered voters will automatically be mailed an absentee application.

Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot?

No, residents of Minnesota must apply for a general election absentee ballot. However, MN registered voters will automatically be mailed an absentee application.

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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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  • In person: Received by Nov 3, 3pm to the election office that sent your ballot.


    Mail: Postmarked by Nov 3; received by Nov 10.

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In person: Received by Nov 3, 3pm to the election office that sent your ballot.


Mail: Postmarked by Nov 3; received by Nov 10.

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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