If you are new to the state or if you have changed your address or not voted in four years, you need to register to vote. To qualify to vote in Minnesota you must be a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years old on election day and have lived in Minnesota for the last 20 days prior to the election.

There are three ways to register. The easiest is to fill out the form when you get your driver's license. (Minnesota had motor voter registration before it was passed nationally.)

The second way is to get a registration card at the city clerk's office (7th and Oregon) or the county auditor's office (5th and Colorado). Fill it out and send it to the Secretary of State, Records Processing Section 555 Park St. Suite. 402, St. Paul MN 55103-2110.

The third way is to register at the polling place on election day. To register on election day you will need proof that you are who you say you are and that you live in the precinct that uses that polling place. Be prepared to provide one of the following:

  • A valid Minnesota driver's license or learner's permit or receipt for either showing your current address is in the precinct.
  • A valid Minnesota identification card or receipt showing your current address is in the precinct.
  • The oath of a voter registered in your precinct, who is not a challenger, signed in the presence of an election judge.
  • A current registration in the same precinct showing a previous address.
  • Students may use one of the following if it shows the student's current address in the precinct: current student fee statement, current student identification card, current student registration card, or current photo ID with a certified student housing list.

Unless you don't vote for four years or change your address, your voter registration in Minnesota is permanent. If you register by filling out a form in advance, you will receive in the mail a card that tells you your voting precinct.