With the election coming close, many already decided citizens are just waiting for their opportunity to vote. Fortunately, 40 states (plus District of Columbia) allow some form of voting before the election on November 3rd.

Each state has its own rules, deadlines and terminology for voting before the general election. Some call it "early voting" or "in-person absentee". Others are mailing out ballots in advance which you can mail back or drop off in secure boxes or at county offices. Some states conclude early voting several days before the election.

This site attempts to make finding the details for your state's early voting rules convenient and accurate. Get your vote in early and relax.

Early voting has started in Minnesota!

You have until November 2, 2020 to vote before election day.

Can you early vote 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. In addition to your county election office, some cities and towns offer in-person absentee voting. Check with your city clerk's office 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.

Can you early vote by mail?

Any registered Minnesota voter can request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

  • To vote by mail, apply to have an absentee ballot mailed to you. You do not need to be registered to apply. If you have already applied for a General Election ballot, it will be mailed to you as soon as ballots become available.

  • For your ballot to count, remember this important information:

    • Read the instructions that come with your ballot carefully.

    • Your signature envelope might have a box for a witness to complete and sign. Due to COVID19, there is no witness requirement for registered voters for the November 3, 2020 State General Election. Non-registered voters will still need a witness, to indicate their proof of residence.

    • Mail the ballot and forms back right away after you finish. Your returned ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day (November 3, 2020) and received by your county within the next seven calendar days (November 10). You may also drop off your ballot envelope in person--see details below.

What about on election day?

ID requirements

Minnesota voters must provide their Minnesota driver's license number, state ID number, or the last four digits of their social security number with their voter registration application.

How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

To register in Minnesota you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days before Election Day
  • maintain residence at the address given on the registration form
  • be at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • if previously convicted of a felony, have completed or been discharged from your sentence
  • not be under a court-ordered guardianship in which the right to vote has been revoked
  • not be found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote

Can I register online?

Minnesota voters must include their Minnesota driver's license number, state ID number, or the last 4 digits of their social security number with their online voter registration application.

Register to vote online here

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