Conducting a Voter Registration Drive

Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services has developed voter registration drive packets with helpful tips and resources for any groups and organizations interested in conducting a voter registration drive. Contact us to get a packet or to talk more about how Elections & Voter Services can support your registration efforts.

When you are conducting a voter registration drive, make sure you understand the eligibility requirements for voter registration listed in the oath at the bottom of the application. Read the information and notices on both the front and back of the application, including the Confidentiality Notice.

All shaded areas of the MN Voter Registration Application must be completed by the voter.

Do not fill out any portion of the application for the voter unless assistance is required.

Voters who are already registered should re-register if they have:

  • Moved to a different address (including from one apartment to another apartment within the same building)
  • Changed their name
  • Not voted for four consecutive years

Please use an ink pen and print clearly.

Returning Completed Applications

Minnesota law (M.S. 201.061 subd.1) requires completed Voter Registration Applications be submitted to election officials within 10 days after the voter dated the application.

Pre-registration deadlines are at 5:00 PM, 20 days prior to each election. For the 2016 Primary the deadline is July 19, while the general election registration deadline is October 18. 

Drop off Applications: Completed applications can be delivered in person to county service centers, city hall offices, or to:

Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State
Election Services Counter
180 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55155
(Metered parking)
-or-
Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State
60 Empire Drive – Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55103
(Free parking lot)

Mail in Applications: If you mail in the applications collected at a voter drive, please include a copy of your business card or contact information with the applications. Applicants who submit their applications by mail, either through the United States Post Office or a commercial delivery service, may be required to show identification at the polls the first time they vote in a federal election.

voter pledge cards

Voter pledge cards are a great way for organizations to connect with potential voters and gain a commitment for action on Election Day. These pledge cards are designed to include a space for voters to indicate why they are voting. The card also allows your organization to get contact information to reach back out to those voters with Election Day reminders if you choose.

2016 Voter pledge card sample
You can download and print pledge cards for use any time. This template prints three cards per 8.5 x 11" page.
"I will vote" Pledge Cards (pdf)

Contact us if you are interested in getting printed pledge cards, or would like to learn more about how Elections & Voter Services can support your organization's efforts to stay in contact with voters leading up to Election Day about their pledges.

Minneapolis 311
Can Help

Contact Minneapolis 311 Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–7 p.m., weekends 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. for election and other city information. From outside city limits, dial 612-673-3000.