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QUICK TIPS FOR VOTERS

  • Check your voter registration status by calling 877-600-VOTE (877-600-8683) or going to: mnvotes.org
  • Locate your polling place and check the hours of operation by calling 877-600-VOTE (877-600-8683) or going to mnvotes.org
  • Consider voting absentee if you can. If you plan to vote at the polls, go early that day to avoid the last-minute rush.
  • You can register and vote on Election Day, as long as you bring a document that proves you live in the precinct where you are voting. If you’ve registered before Election Day, you do NOT need to bring proof of residency to vote.
  • Read all instructions carefully and ask for help if you need it.
  • Take your time. However, note that election judges are allowed to tell you how long you may spend in the voting booth.

How and where to vote on Election Day

Q.How and where to vote on Election Day
A.

To be eligible to register and vote, you have to meet all of the following qualifications:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen; 
  2. Be at least 18 years old on Election Day; 
  3. Lived in Minnesota for 20 days immediately before the election; 
  4. Not currently serving a sentence for a felony (i.e. you are not in prison, or on probation or supervision for a felony); 
  5. Not under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights; and 
  6. Not been ruled legally incompetent by a court. 

How do I know if I'm registered?

Check your registration status at https://mnvotes.sos.state.mn.us/VoterStatus.aspx or by calling 877-600-VOTE.

Where Do I Vote?

  • On Election Day, you have to vote at your assigned polling place.
  • Your county may send you information listing your assigned polling place. You can also call 877-600-VOTE or go to http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/.

When are the polls open? What if I'm in line when the polls close?

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you are in line when the polls close, don’t leave -- you have the right to vote.

 

 

What if I’m a student?

Q.What if I’m a student?
A.

You can register to vote at whatever address you consider your primary residence, your school address or home address.  

What if I’ve been convicted of a crime?

Q.What if I’ve been convicted of a crime?
A.
  • If you were convicted of a misdemeanor, you can vote, even if you are in jail. 
  • If you were convicted of a felony, you can vote once you complete your entire sentence, including probation or parole. Once that is complete, make sure you register to vote.   
  • Learn more here: https://www.aclu-mn.org/en/reclaim-vote-voting-felony-conviction

What if I’m homeless?

Q.What if I’m homeless?
A.
  • You don’t need a home to vote. If you want to pre-register, list where you usually stay or sleep, like a shelter, park bench or any place you return to regularly. If you can’t receive mail there, the election judge will ask some questions when you go to vote. Once you sign a statement saying that you’re eligible, you’ll be able to vote. 
  • If want to register and vote on Election Day and you stay in a shelter, bring someone who works there with you. They will sign a statement confirming you stay at the shelter. 

What if I’ve moved or changed my name?

Q.What if I’ve moved or changed my name?
A.
  • Re-register every time you move or change your name. 
  • If you did not have time to update your registration,  you can still register and vote early in person or on Election Day. 

Can I get time off from work to vote?

Q.Can I get time off from work to vote?
A.

Yes. You have the right to take time to go to your polling place, vote and return to work on Election Day. Your employer is not allowed to punish you for it.  

What if I am disabled and my polling place is not accessible?

Q.What if I am disabled and my polling place is not accessible?
A.
  • If you find this out before Election Day, contact your county auditor right away and ask for accommodation. You have the right to an accessible polling place and voting machine. Or you can request an absentee ballot. 
  • Send someone into the polling place to request curbside voting for you. Election judges will bring a ballot out. 
  • Ask an election judge for help or to bring someone to assist you. You have the right to have anyone assist you who is not your employer, an agent of your employer, or an officer or agent of your labor union. 

Can I get a ballot in my native language?

Q.Can I get a ballot in my native language?
A.
  • Minnesota voters can have access to election materials in English, Hmong, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Lao, Oromo, Amharic and Karen. 
  • Tell a poll worker you want assistance in one of these languages if it is not offered to you. 
  • You have the right to bring an interpreter or to get assistance in your language from anyone you choose, including a poll worker, as long as the person is not your employer, an agent of your employer, or an officer or agent of your union.  

What if I need help in the voting booth?

Q.What if I need help in the voting booth?
A.
  • If you need help because of a physical disability or because you can’t read the ballot, tell a poll worker. You have the right to receive help from election judges or someone the election judges choose, or someone you choose, as long as that person is not your employer, an agent of your employer, or an officer or agent of your labor union.  
  • If you need instructions on the voting equipment, ask a poll worker. Poll workers are required to help you at any time — even after you’ve entered the voting booth.  

Do I have to show ID?

Q.Do I have to show ID?
A.
  • Probably not. Most voters won’t need to show ID. You may be asked to show ID if you registered by mail, didn’t provide ID when you registered, and this is your first time voting in a federal election in Minnesota. 
  • If you’re registering and voting on Election Day (or when you early vote), you will need to show proof that you live in the precinct. Accepted proofs of residency include a valid: 
  1. Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, Minnesota ID card or receipt; 
  2. Student ID card, including your photo if your college has provided a student housing list to election officials; 
  3. A Tribal ID card with your picture, signature and address;  
  4. Voter registration in the same precinct under a different name or address;  
  5. A notice of late registration sent to you by your county auditor or city clerk; 
  6. A voter registered in the same precinct as you who can confirm your address by vouching for you and signing a statement; 
  7. An employee of the residential facility where you live (this includes a shelter, residential alcohol treatment program, veterans home, nursing home, assisted living, etc.) who can confirm your address by signing an oath; 
  8. Or both: an expired Minnesota or federal photo ID (like a driver’s license or a passport) AND a current utility bill (like a phone bill) dated within 30 days of Election Day with your current name and address in the precinct.  

 

What if I’m not on the voter list? What if I’m not on the voter list?

Q. What if I’m not on the voter list? What if I’m not on the voter list?
A.
  • Ask an election judge to check the list again and confirm that you’re at the right polling place. 
  • If you’re at the right polling place but your name isn’t on the voter list, ask for a voter registration application. You can register right there at the polls and vote immediately after you register.  

What if I go to the wrong polling place?

Q.What if I go to the wrong polling place?
A.
  • Ask an election judge to help you find the polling place where you’re registered. You can also call 877-600-VOTE or look up your polling place at http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us/. 
  • If you can’t figure out where you’re registered, go the polling place that you think is most likely to be the right one and ask for a registration application. 

What if someone challenges my right to vote?

Q.What if someone challenges my right to vote?
A.
  • Your right to vote may be challenged if an election judge, a person designated by a political party or another voter believes that you are not eligible to vote. 
  • If this happens, an election judge will ask questions to see if you are eligible to vote. If your answers show you are, you’ll sign a form and then can vote. If the judge determines that you are not eligible, you won’t be allowed to vote. 
  • If you refuse to answer the questions or sign the form, you won’t be allowed to vote even if you leave and return later because you changed your mind. 

What if someone tries to intimidate or harass me?

Q.What if someone tries to intimidate or harass me?
A.
  • Tell a poll worker right away. If the poll worker is the problem, tell a poll watcher if one is there, call your local election official, or call one of the numbers listed below.  
  • It’s a crime to knowingly deceive another person about the time, place or manner of conducting an election, or the qualifications for or restrictions on voter eligibility. Notify your local election official if you suspect that someone has tried to deceive you. 

What if I make a mistake on my ballot or the voting machine malfunctions?

Q.What if I make a mistake on my ballot or the voting machine malfunctions?
A.

Tell a poll worker before you cast your vote. If you make a mistake on a ballot, you have the right to a replacement ballot. 

How do I make a complaint?

Q.How do I make a complaint?
A.
  • Ask for an election judge at your polling place. Candidates, political parties and nonprofit groups may have poll watchers outside.  If any of these people ask you who you voted for or cannot help, call your local election official or the Minnesota Secretary of State. 
  • Call one of the hotlines below. 
  • File a petition with a state Supreme Court judge describing the wrongful act and the correction you want as a result of your complaint.  

  • Minnesota Secretary of State: (877) 600-8683 or www.mnvotes.org 
  • Election Protection Hotline: 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) 
  • Spanish: 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA / 1-888-839-8682 
  • Arabic: 1-844-YALLA-US / 1-844-925-5287 
  • Bengali, Cantonese, Hindi, Urdu, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog, Vietnamese): 1-888-API-VOTE / 1-888-274-8683