Registering to Vote

Voter Registration

You must be registered before you vote in Minnesota. You may either preregister at least 21 days before election day or register at the polls on election day.

Your voter registration remains current until you change your residence, your name, or do not vote in four consecutive years. Voter registration applications are available online.

If you moved to a new residence in Minnesota and completed a U.S. Postal Service change-of-address form to permanently forward your mail to your new home, your voter registration may have been automatically updated. Look for a green postcard to confirm that your registration has been updated.

Election Day Registration

If you do not preregister to vote, you can still register or update your registration on election day. You must provide one of the following proofs of residence when registering to vote on election day.

Accepted proofs of residence:

  • A valid Minnesota driver’s license, Minnesota ID card, or permit with current address.
  • A photo ID that does not have your current address along with a document that does have your current address.

Eligible Photo ID

  • Minnesota driver’s license
  • Minnesota ID card
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. military ID card
  • Minnesota college / university student ID card
  • Tribal ID with your signature issued by a tribe recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

Eligible Documents with Current Address

  • Current student fee statement
  • An original utility bill due 30 days before or after the election, or a rent statement that shows utility expenses
    • Eligible utility bills include: gas, electric, solid waste water, water, sewer, phone, cell phone, television, or internet service provider