Shorthand link to Secretary of State’s website landing page for all things elections: mnvotes.org
Register to Vote
Register to Vote
- Link to Register to Vote landing page: Minnesota Secretary Of State – Register To Vote
- How to Register to Vote
- You can quickly and easily register to vote online at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.
- You can also submit a paper form via mail or at a local voter registration drive in your area. (link to form here)
- To register to vote, you will need the following:
- Your current residential address
- Your Minnesota driver’s license or ID card number or the last four numbers of your Social Security number
- Who can vote in Minnesota?
- To be eligible to vote, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- At least 18 years old on Election Day (November 8, 2022)
- A resident of Minnesota for 20 days
- Finished with all parts of any felony sentence
- What does this mean?
- “Your criminal record does not affect your right to vote in Minnesota unless you are currently serving a felony conviction sentence, including probation, parole or supervised release.”
- Link to Voting with a Criminal Record factsheet
- When can you register to vote?
- Minnesota voters can register to vote at any point throughout the year until 20 days before Election Day. For this election cycle, early voter registration ends October 18th, 11:59 PM.
- You can also register on Election Day at your polling place (link to factsheet). *Pull from factsheet for this information*
- “If you are homeless, you can register to vote using the location of where you sleep as your address. You may need to go to the polling place with someone who can confirm where you are living.”
- “When you register to vote, you must provide your current residence. This is the place where you sleep, so if you sleep in a shelter, at a friend’s house, or outside somewhere, that is your voting residence. If you sleep outside, write a description of its location on line four of your voter registration application. For example, “In the NW corner of Jefferson Park near the intersection of Winston Ave. and Smith St.””
- How do I check my registration?
- You can verify your voter registration at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website
Research Your Ballot
- Your ballot of candidates for elected office is determined by your voting location. To ensure you are aware of what candidates you will have the opportunity to cast your vote for, you can view your sample ballot before you vote!
- A sample ballot is available at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website. “A sample ballot is not available for all local elections, so you may need to contact the local government (city, town, or school district) holding the election.”
- What is on the 2022 Election Day ballot?
- Candidates for federal office: U.S. Representative
- Candidates for state office: Governor & Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor, Attorney General, State Senator, State Representative, Judicial seats
- You might also have the following local races: county officials (commissioners, attorneys, sheriffs), city officials, school board members, township officials, and local ballot questions
- View your sample ballot here
- After you have viewed your sample ballot, take time to research candidates on your ballot. Most likely, all candidates will have a campaign website you can search for that will share more information about their background, experiences and credentials, as well as their campaign priorities if they are elected into office.
- There are also opportunities to meet candidates & hear their priorities at candidate forums and debates, volunteer events, campaign fundraisers, and more. You may encounter their supporters as they may call you or visit your home as well to talk about why they support a candidate. You may also receive campaign pamphlets in the mail.
- It is always encouraged to learn about a candidate and possibly speak to them directly before casting your vote. Elected officials are elected to represent your interests—they work for you!
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