Learn more about how to participate in the 2022 Midterm Elections with our nonpartisan voter resource guide, courtesy of the Minnesota Secretary of State.

When we vote, we take an active role in shaping the future of our communities. Every voice and every vote matters, register today!

Click the dropdown arrows within each section to find answers to common election questions as well as links to register to vote, research your ballot and find your polling place.

Key Dates:

Early Voting Begins: September 23rd
Early Voter Registration Ends: October 18th
Midterm Elections Day: November 8th

Register To Vote

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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? 
How To Register To Vote

Minnesota Secretary Of State – Register To Vote

You can quickly and easily register to vote online at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website: mnvotes.org. 

You can also submit a paper form via mail or at a local voter registration drive in your area. 

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 
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).

What if I am homeless/unhoused?

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. 

How do I check my registration?

You can verify your voter registration at the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website

Research Your Ballot

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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? 
Viewing A Sample 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. Please note; however, that 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. 

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!

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 may also have the following local races: county officials (commissioners, attorneys, sheriffs), city officials, school board members, township officials, and local ballot questions 

How To Vote

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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? 
May I vote before election day?

Did you know you can vote early in Minnesota? Beginning on Friday, September 23 through Monday, November 7, you can cast your ballot for the 2022 General Election. 

This is a great opportunity to ensure that your vote is counted if you are not able to vote on Election Day, or if you want to spend that day volunteering to turn other voters out to the polls! 

What is an absentee ballot?

All early voters will cast what is called an “absentee ballot.” 

Absentee simply means that you are “absent” from voting on the actual election day. 

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. Your returned ballot must be received by Election Day.

How may I vote before election day?

You can vote early in two ways: by mail, or in person. 

Vote Early by Mail: 

To vote by mail, you must apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to you. If you are not registered to vote, you can register as you complete your ballot. 

Apply for an absentee ballot online or download a paper application and return to your county election office by mail/fax/email. 

 

Absentee ballots will be sent starting September 23 for the 2022 General Election. 

For your ballot to count, remember this important information: 

  • Read the instructions that come with your ballot carefully. 
  • You will need a witness when you vote and complete your ballot. The witness can be either a registered Minnesota voter or a notary. 
  • Return the ballot and forms right away after you finish. Your ballot will not count if it is received after Election Day. 
  • You can return your ballot in person no later than 3 p.m. on Election Day to the election office that sent your ballot. You can drop off ballots for up to three other voters. You will need to show identification with name and signature when returning a ballot for someone else. You may not drop your ballot off at your polling place on election day. 

You can also track your ballot to ensure it is delivered and counted. 

Vote Early In-Person 

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. 

You can vote in person at your county election office, and you may be able to vote at your city office (contact your local city for more information). 

For most elections, absentee voting locations must be open during their normal business hours starting 46 days before the election. In addition, locations offering absentee ballots for federal, state or county elections must be open: 

  • The last Saturday before Election Day (10 a.m. — 3 p.m.) 
  • The day before Election Day until 5 p.m. 
  • This does not apply to school districts holding standalone elections.  

Some local jurisdictions may provide additional absentee voting days or hours beyond the above required days and times. Call your jurisdiction for more information.” 

Voting On Election Day

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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? 
Voting Hours

Polling places are usually open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

As long as you are in line by 8:00 PM, you have the right to vote even if you do not reach the front of the line by 8:00 PM. 

Same-Day Voter Registration

MNVotes.org 

If you are not registered to vote in your current precinct, you can register same day at the polling place. 

If you are registering to vote on Election Day, you will need identification and proof of residence. 

Polling Place Location

Forgot your polling place? Look it up before you leave! It is also encouraged to verify your polling place due to recent redistricting from the 2020 Census. 

What do I bring with me to vote?

If you are already registered to vote, just bring yourself (and your sample ballot if you would like)! 

Election judges will be able to verbally verify your registration by asking for your name and current address in which you are registered. You should not be required to provide your ID if your registration is current and active. 

Become An Election Judge

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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? 
What is an election judge?

Election judges are temporary, paid employees of local election officials trained to handle all aspects of voting at the polling place. Serving as an election judge is a chance to learn about elections, and is a great service to the community. 

You can volunteer or choose to be paid – wages vary by city & county. 

How do I apply to become an election judge?

You will need to contact your local city or county election office. For links to apply, visit here. 

Who can apply to become an election judge?

To become an election judge, you must: 

    • Be eligible to vote in Minnesota (*Students 16 & 17 years old may be judge trainees) 
    • Relatives cannot serve together in the same precinct at the same time 
    • Also, relatives of candidates, any anyone who lives in the same house as a candidate, cannot serve in the precinct where the candidate is on the ballot 

FAQs

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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? 
Does redistricting impact voter registration?

The only reason someone has to update their voter registration is when there is a name change or moved residences. If you live in the same residence and your district changed due to redistricting, you do not need to update your registration. 

It’s my first time voting – what should I know?

Voting Factsheet 

You will vote in a private area, and your vote is secret. Vote with a provided pen or pencil, and completely fill in the oval next to your choice. 

You can also fill out your ballot using a ballot-marking machine. The machine has many options for marking your ballot, such as large print, audio instructions, keypad or touchscreen. 

Ballot instructions will indicate how many candidates you can choose for each office. Usually it will say to “choose one”.  

Your ballot will count even if you do not vote on every race or ballot question. 

If you make a mistake, you have a right to ask for a replacement ballot. 

After you have voted, place your ballot in the ballot-counter machine. 

Be sure to get your “I Voted” sticker before you leave! 

How do I look up elections results?

On election night, elections results are counted and uploaded beginning at the close of the polls. They are updated on an ongoing basis throughout the night and sometimes, into the next day.  

You can look up elections results for any race in the state of Minnesota here. 

What are my rights as a voter?

Voting Rights Fact Sheet 

  • You have a right to take time off work to vote without losing your pay, personal leave, or vacation time. Your employer must pay you for the time you need to vote, if it falls within your scheduled work time. 
  • You have the right to vote if you are in line to vote any time before 8 p.m. 
  • You have the right to register to vote on Election Day if you can show the required proof of residence. 
  • You have the right to orally confirm who you are and to ask another person to sign for you if you cannot sign your name.  
  • You have the right to ask anyone for help, except for an agent of your employer or union. A voter who requires assistance in marking a ballot, by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write, may be given assistance to do so by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the employer or agent of that employer or officer or agent of the voter’s union. 
  • You can vote after you finish all parts of your felony conviction sentence, including any probation, parole, or other conditions such as restitution. 
  • You have the right to vote without anyone in the polling place trying to influence your vote. 
  • You have the right to a replacement ballot if you make a mistake on your ballot before you cast it. 
  • You have the right to file a written complaint at your polling place if you are unhappy with the way an election is being run. 
  • You have the right to take a sample ballot into the voting booth. 
  • You have the right to take a copy of the Voter’s Bill of Rights (Minnesota Statutes 204C.08, subd. 1d) into the voting booth. 
If I have already requested an absentee ballot, can I change my mind and vote in the polling place?

As long as your absentee ballot has not been counted by your election officials, you may still cast a ballot in person by voting in your polling place on Election Day or at your local early voting location. 

You can track the status of your absentee ballot to see when it is sent to you and when it is received by election officials. 

After voting in person, the unique ballot ID number on your original absentee ballot will be invalidated, so that if it is returned to the election office the officials will not count it. 

If you plan on voting in person, please do not bring your absentee ballot with you. Your election official will provide you with a new ballot to complete that day.  

If you have received an absentee ballot but are unsure if it will arrive at your election office in time to be counted, you may also consider contacting your local election official to see what options you have for locations and times to drop off your absentee ballot. 

I have concerns about conduct at my polling place. What should I do?

You can file a complaint or you can contact Election Protection, phone: 866-OUR-VOTE/866-687-8683 

How do I vote for Minnesota elections if I am in the military and/or overseas?

Military and Overseas Voting 

You may vote by mail via absentee ballot from anywhere in the world! 

Who can apply? 

  • Military members serving outside of their home precinct. 
  • Citizens living abroad temporarily or indefinitely. 
  • Spouses and dependents of military members are also eligible. 

A spouse, parent, sibling or child age 18 and over can apply on your behalf. 

You can apply for a ballot any time during the year, but you are encouraged to apply for your absentee ballot as soon as you are able, so that you have enough time to mail it back by Election Day. 

For this general election, it is recommended that: 

  • You apply your absentee ballot before Friday, September 2 
  • You mail your ballot back before Friday, October 7 

Ballots will be sent starting Friday, September 23, and must be received by Election Day to be counted.