Making Democracy Work

Voters' Guide

About Voting

Voter Information

More detailed information than that provided below may be found at:

A. info on polling places throughout the state

http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us

B. info on polling places in Stearns County

http://maps.co.stearns.mn.us/polling/StearnsFlexPollingApp.html

For information for Overseas Voters:

https://www.overseasvotefoundation.org/overseas/ExpressYourVote.htm

Who can vote?

You can vote if you are:

  • 18 or older
  • a U.S. citizen
  • a Minnesota resident for at least 20 days before the election
  • not a convicted felon without civil rights
  • not under guardianship of another person
  • not legally incompetent

When can I vote on election day?

Most polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. A few township polling places will open at 10:00 a.m. Check with your town clerk for details.

But I have to work...

Minnesota law allows you to take time off from work to vote during the morning of the state primary and state general election. The idea is to encourage people to vote early in the day.

Where do I vote?

We vote close to where we live. Your city clerk or county auditor will have a list of polling places. The phone numbers for your city clerk and county auditor are in the blue pages of your phone book.

About voter registration...

You need to be on the official list of voters before you can vote. If you are not already registered, you can add your name to the list by filling out a Voter Registration Card. When you fill out the card, you must give the address where you are living at the time of the election. If you are a student living at school, you can register either at home or at school (but not both!) depending on your residence. It is illegal to vote at a former residence because the new occupants vote there.

You can get a Voter Registration Card:,

  • on the Secretary of State's web site
  • at state, county, or city offices or libraries
  • when you apply for, renew or change your Minnesota Driver's License or ID card
  • in state income tax booklets
  • from the registrar's office at most colleges,universities and technical schools in Minnesota at many businesses, stores, and community organizations.
  • In your QWEST DEX telephone directory blue government pages

Mail in or drop off the completed card at the office of your city clerk, county auditor or the secretary of state.

NOTE:To download a Voter Registration Form and instructions in English, Hmong, Somali, Spanish or Russian go to

http://www.sos.state.mn.us/
Click on Elections and Voting, then click Forms and Publications.

You can still register on election day ...

If you miss registering before the election, you can still vote by registering on election day at your polling place. All you need is one of the documents listed below that shows your current address in the precinct where you live:

● A current Minnesota driver's license, learner's permit,

● Minnesota identification card, or receipt for any of these with your current address

● A student photo ID card, registration or fee statement with the student's current address in the precinct, or only the student photo ID if you are on a student housing list on file at the polling place

● A photo ID without current address together with a utility bill that contains your name, current address within the precinct with a payment due date within 30 days of the election.

● A previous registration in the same precinct but at a different address

● A "notice of late registration" postcard

● The oath of someone who is registered in the precinct where you live to vouch for you at the polling place. A voter who registers by this method may not confirm the residency of another voter on the day of the same election.

If you are a college student you can use:

● a student fee statement showing your address in the precinct and photo ID card

● a student identification card or registration card containing your current address

● a student photo ID if a college student housing list or list of students is on file at your polling place.

If you are already registered and move within the same precinct, you may re-register at the polling place as well.

If you need help:

You can ask for help to read or mark your ballot at the polling place. If you like, you can have a friend do it.

All polling places should be fully accessible. Accessible doors and parking spaces should be clearly marked.

If you can't easily leave your car, you can ask for the ballots to be brought out to you in your car.

If you are confined due to illness or disability, you can vote by absentee ballot. Call your county auditor or city clerk for details. See blue telephone pages for such numbers.

If you have limited vision, you may ask your county auditor for voter registration and absentee ballot instructions in large print or on cassette tape.

And if you are hearing impaired, every county and most cities will have a TDD device for questions.

Absentee voting...

You can vote by absentee ballot if on election day you are:

● away from your precinct

● ill or disabled

● prevented from going to the polling place by a religious holiday or beliefs

● an election judge serving in another precinct

Check with your county auditor or municipal clerk to find out how and where to apply.

For Further Information:

For further information, please call the Election Division of the Minnesota Secretary of State, (651) 296-2803 http://www.sos.state.mn.us/election; the League of Women Voters of Minnesota, (651) 224-5445; or the League's election information site: http://www.vote411.org. You may also call your County Auditor or City Clerk. See the Blue Pages in the Phone Book for this information.