Voter Registration

The first step to voting is registering. You can do one of the following:

All voters must register prior to voting.

Check to see if you are registered to vote under your current name and address:

Am I Registered?

You need to re-register to vote if you have:

  • Moved to a new address since you last registered.*
  • Changed your name since last being registered.
  • Have not voted at least once in the last 4 years.
*When moving, completing a change of address with the U.S. Postal Service can update your existing registration. When getting a new or updated driver's license or state ID card, including changing your address on these IDs, there is also an option to update your registration. It's always a good idea to double-check your registration status to ensure it has been updated after a move.

Pre-register to vote now online, by mail, or in-person

  • Pre-registration ends 21 days before each regularly scheduled primary or general election.
    • If you miss the pre-registration deadline, you can still register when you go to vote. Make sure you know what you need, whether you are voting at your polling place on Election Day or when voting early.
  • A voter registration application submitted in-person or by mail must be received by election officials by 5 p.m. on the date of the deadline.
  • Online applications can be submitted until 11:59 p.m. on the date of the deadline.
  • Newly registered voters will receive a postcard from the election office telling them where to vote on Election Day.

Registering online

If you need to register or update your registration, you can complete your registration online with the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State:

Register to Vote

To complete a voter registration application online, you must:

  • Be eligible to register and vote in Minnesota.
  • Provide an email address.
  • Provide one of the following identification numbers: from a Minnesota-issued driver's license or Minnesota ID card, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number.
Online registration button

Complete a voter registration application to submit in-person or by mail

Voter registration applications can be completed and returned in-person or by mail to the county or state elections office. Voter registration applications sent in by hard copy must contain original signatures and cannot be faxed or emailed.

Download and print applications:

Pick up a Voter Registration Application

Register in-person at Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services, located on the second floor of Minneapolis City Hall, at 350 South 5th St. in Room 201.

If you are interested in doing a voter registration drive, we also have resources that can help.

In addition to Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services, you can visit one of the following locations to obtain a voter registration application:

Completed forms may be delivered to:

Hennepin County Elections
Hennepin County Government Center
300 S. 6th Street - Public Service Level
Minneapolis, MN 55487-0060

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

or

Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State
60 Empire Drive – Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55103

Minnesota does not issue voter cards. Newly registered voters will receive a postcard from the county elections office. The postcard tells the voters that they are registered and where their assigned polling place is to vote on Election Day.

Voters who would like to get a Voter Certificate as proof they are registered to vote - which is not required in order to vote but is sometimes desired by voters for other purposes - may do so through Hennepin County Elections, 612-348-5151, for a fee.
 

Tenant Notification of Voter Registration (TNVR)

Effective March 1, 2016, property owners and managers in the city of Minneapolis are required to provide all new tenants with information about how to register to vote at the time they move in. This requirement was enacted by an ordinance passed by the City Council in September of 2015, which added the following language to the required duties of licensees found in Section 244.2000 of Title 12 if the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances:

(f) Beginning March 1, 2016, and continuing thereafter, the owner of any dwelling which is required to be licensed by this chapter shall provide information about how a voter may register in the State of Minnesota, in a manner approved by the City, to all tenants aged eighteen (18) or older at the time of first occupancy.

An initial letter informing all licensed property managers of the ordinance change was sent out in January, and was followed up by a second mailing with hard copies of the required information the second week of February. This includes a voter registration application and an accompanying informational sheet to provide to all new tenants. These materials can be provided to tenants in either printed copy or as electronic documents.

Additional information on voter registration from the Minnesota Office of Secretary of State

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.