Registering to Vote and Eligibility

Voter Eligibility

To vote in Minnesota, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • At least 18 years old on Election Day
  • A resident of Minnesota for 20 days
  • Not currently incarcerated for a felony conviction
  • Additional eligibility information:

  • You can vote while under guardianship unless a judge specifically has revoked your right to vote 
  • You cannot vote if a court has ruled that you are legally incompetent

Registering to Vote

Before you can vote, you must be registered to vote with your current name and at your current address. You are not required to register before election day, but it is best to take care of this step in advance and register before election day, if you are able to. 

  • The deadline to register online is 11:59 p.m., 21 days before Election Day. 
  • The deadline to register on paper is 5 p.m., 21 days before Election Day. 
  • You can register on Election Day at your polling place.

To register to vote on Election Day, you must show proof of identification and residence.

Pre-registering to vote for 16- and 17-year-olds:

You can pre-register to vote as a 16- or 17-year-old in Minnesota. You must be 18 years old before voting.

For more information on how to register to vote, visit Secretary of State or Ramsey County Elections.