How do I register on Election Day?

Voters may register on Election Day.  You must bring proof of residency to register on Election Day.  The list of approved documents to provide the proof of residency are listed below.

To be eligible to vote in Minnesota you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States.
  • Be at least 18 years old on Election Day.
  • Have resided in Minnesota for at least 20 days prior to Election Day.
  • Have finished with all parts of any felony sentence.
  • Not have had your voting rights revoked by a court.
  • Not have been found legally incompetent by a court.

Approved Proof of Residence

Option 1—ID with current name and address
Bring one approved ID that has the voter's current name and address: 

  • Valid Minnesota driver’s license, Minnesota learner’s permit or Minnesota ID card, or a receipt for any of these.
  • Tribal ID card with the voter's name, address, photo and signature.

Option 2—Photo ID plus a document with current name and address
The ID can be expired, and the document can also be shown electronically of a device (smartphone, etc.)

Accepted Photo IDs

  • Driver's license, state ID card or learner's permit issued by any state
  • United States passport
  • United States Military ID card
  • Tribal ID card with the voter's name, photo and signature of the voter
  • Minnesota university, college, or technical college ID card
  • Minnesota high school ID Card

Accepted documents — can be electronic or paper

  • Residential lease or rental agreement (must be valid through Election Day)
  • Current student fee statement
  • Bill, account, or start of service statement due or dated within 30 days of election for:   
    •  Telephone (land line, cell, VOIP, etc.)
    •  TV (cable, satellite, etc.)
    •  Internet services
    •  Electric, gas or water
    • Solid waste or sewer service
    • Banking or credit card
    • Rent or mortgage payment
Option 3 - Registered voter who can confirm your name and address

A registered voter from your precinct can to go the polling place to sign an oath confirming an unregistered voter’s address in the precinct. This is called ‘vouching.’ Both voters must live in the same precinct.  A registered voter can vouch for up to eight unregistered voters as long as they personally know that each voter lives in the precinct.

Option 4—Student housing list plus student ID card
College students can use a student photo ID card if their college has provided a student housing list to elections officials.

Option 5—Valid registration in the same precinct
If you were previously registered in the precinct but changed names or moved within the same precinct, you only need to tell the elections official your previous name or address - no additional documentation is needed.

Option 6—Notice of late registration
A voter who tried to register less than three weeks before the election might receive a Notice of Late Registration from their county in the mail. The voter can bring the notice and use it as their proof of residence.

Option 7—Residential facility vouching
voter who lives in a residential facility may have a staff person vouch for their address. 

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