2020 is an election year that is certainly going to be unlike any other. With the COVID-19 pandemic hindering everyday life, from public events to public school, there’s a lot of questions swirling about how to go out and vote in Minnesota when you may not be able to do just that. Whether you find yourself under quarantine with COVID-19 or you’re hoping to take stricter precautions by not venturing out as often, you may be concerned about how to vote for your candidate. Here’s a quick guide that discusses the voting registration and absentee ballot application process in Minnesota for the November election.
Registering to Vote
Registering to vote in Minnesota is a fairly straightforward process that can be done either online or through a paper application. For online registering, all you’ll need before you start is either a Minnesota driver’s license, Minnesota identification card number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. The online application can be found here.
If you don’t have any of the voter registration requirements, going the route of mailing in the paper application would be the preferable option. The registration paperwork can be downloaded in 12 languages.
When the paper application is complete, you’ll simply mail it to either your county election office or address it to:
Secretary of State
60 Empire Dr. Suite 100
Saint Paul, MN 55103
The voting registration process in Minnesota will close 20 days before the election so you’ll have to act fast if you haven’t already.
The old-fashioned method of pulling up to a polling location will still be in place this year. Simply find the nearest spot in your county where you’d regularly vote, answer a few questions, fill out the ballot, and be on your way. Naturally, there will be precautions taken to assure these voting destinations in Minnesota will be clean and safe enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
If this is your first year voting, you’re new to your county, or it’s been a while since you’ve gotten out to vote, you can find your polling place with this handy tracker.
Hours of voting will be from 7 AM to 8 PM in most polling places.
If you’d prefer to remain at home and still vote, you can apply for an absentee ballot in Minnesota that will be mailed to you (registration is not required). Simply fill out the application and an absentee ballot will be sent. You can apply to vote by mail any time before the election day.
Your absentee ballot in Minnesota must be postmarked by November 3rd and absolutely must be received by November 10th. You can additionally hand in your ballot at the election office on election day by 3 PM.
For more information, you can always check the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State website on everything you need to know about voting this November.
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