Minnesota Votes: Everything you need to know to vote in 2020

Minnesota Votes: Everything you need to know to vote in 2020

Updated: October 30, 2020 08:51 AM
Created: September 10, 2020 03:54 PM

To vote in Minnesota, you must be 18 years old on Election Day and be a United States citizen who has resided in Minnesota for at least 20 days before the election. 
Upcoming key dates for 2020 General Election
September 18 - Early voting by absentee ballot begins
September 22 - National Voter Registration Day
October 2 - Recommended that voters apply for absentee ballots before this day to ensure enough time to receive and return their ballot. 
November 3 - Election Day. Vote in person at your polling place. Absentee ballots must be received by this date. If it has not been received, you may vote in person and your absentee ballot will not be counted. Updated 10/30/2020 to reflect new changes.

Common Questions & Answers

How do I check that my voter registration is active and correct?
Visit the Secretary of State website; you will need your name, date of birth, and address. 
How do I apply for a mail-in absentee ballot? 
In Minnesota, you can vote early by voting by mail with an absentee ballot. You must be eligible to register and vote in Minnesota, provide an email address and an identification number. 
When will I get my mail-in absentee ballot? 
Ballots are sent between 46 days and 14 days before the election. 
What do I do if I don't receive a requested absentee ballot?
Ballots may take a few days to process, you can check your status on the Secretary of State Absentee Ballot Status website.
When should I mail my absentee ballot to be counted for this election? 
There are two options for returning your ballot; returning by mail or returning in person. 

  • If you choose to mail your ballot, it must be received on or before Election Day (November 3).
  • If you choose to return your ballot in person it must be dropped off by 3 p.m. at the election office that sent you your ballot. 

You may not drop your ballot off at your polling place on Election Day.

Do I need a witness for my absentee ballot? 
Due to COVID-19, there is no witness requirement for the 2020 General Election. 
What happens if I have not received my mail-in absentee ballot by Election Day?
Contact your county election office to receive a replacement ballot in person or by mail. The original ballot will be marked as invalid. 
If I'm concerned about mailing my absentee ballot, where can I drop it off in-person?
Yes, you may drop it off at the county election office that sent you the ballot. 
If I applied for an absentee ballot, can I still choose to vote in-person instead?
Yes, as long as your election officials haven't counted your absentee ballot. Before going to your polling place, track your absentee ballot's status to make sure it has not counted. After voting in person, the unique ballot ID number on your original absentee ballot will invalid.
Can I vote early in person? 
All voters have at least one location where they can vote early in person with an absentee ballot. Check your county election office for your site. 
When can I vote early in person?
Early in person voting in the 2020 General Election begins on Friday, September 18 and goes through Monday, November 2.
If voting in-person, what identification or documents do I need?
You will need to provide proof of residence, an ID with your current name and address or a photo ID plus a document, like a utility bill, with your current name and address.

If you are a student, you live at a residential facility or do not have an ID, visit the Secretary of State’s website for more options.
If I wait to vote on November 3, what precautions should I take?
This year, polling places will be equipped with sanitation stations, disinfectant wipes, masked election judges, and disposable masks for voters who come without a mask. In Minnesota, masks must be work in public places, including polling places. 


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