Voting in MN on November 8? Here's How!

Posted by Emily Werdal on Nov 7, 2016 11:00:00 AM

If you retain a residence in another place, we hope you have voted or will vote by absentee ballot. If you have moved to Minnesota (or to the Twin Cities from elsewhere in MN) to attend or work at the seminary, you can vote in the election on November 8 if you have been a Minnesota resident for at least 20 days before the election.


You can find everything you want to know about voting in Minnesota, including the location of your polling place, at the Secretary of State's website:

Click on the "Elections and Voting" tab, and follow the links; it's logical and moderately user-friendly. What's important to know is that you can register at your polling place on Election Day.



You will need one of the following to verify your residence:

  • someone who is registered in the precinct where you live who will vouch for your residence;
  • a Minnesota driver's license, learner's permit, identification, card, or receipt for one, with your current Minnesota address;
  • a Tribal ID;
  • a recent utility bill*, or passport with utility bill;
  • or a student ID, registration, or fee statement with your current address.

*NOTE: The utility bill must have your name, current address, and be due within 30 days of the election. Utility bills may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, sewer, telephone, cell phone or cable TV.

Polling places open at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM.

If you need help with voting, you can ask the election judges at the polling place for assistance in reading or marking your ballot, or you may bring someone to help you.

Minnesota law allows you to take time off from work without loss of salary or wages to vote during the morning of state elections. Most people vote in the neighborhood where they live. You can look up your polling place location by calling your county auditor or city clerk, or, as noted above, by checking on the Minnesota Secretaryof State's website.