Today is the deadline to pre-register to vote in Nov. 2 election

October 12, 2021

Today, Oct. 12, is the deadline to pre-register for the Nov. 2 municipal election. Pre-registration can help ensure a smooth Election Day experience for voters, with less time spent waiting in lines and no need to bring documents to vote.

Unlike many states, voters can wait until Election Day to register in Minnesota. The City of Minneapolis encourages voters to register before Election Day in order to save time at the polling place. Voters can register online until 11:59 p.m. tonight. Voters who plan on dropping off their paper registrations at election offices today must do that by 5 p.m. this afternoon. Voters can check their registration online to confirm that they are registered and ready for the election.

Voters who miss today’s pre-registration deadline may register in person at the Early Vote Center or at their polling place on Election Day. They will need to bring proof of residence with them to register.

Early voting now underway

A new video shows you how easy it is to vote early. Follow typical Minneapolis voters Chad and Maya as they cast early ballots.

Early voting has now begun, and any voter who wants to cast an early ballot can do so. This can be done in person at the Early Vote Center, 980 Hennepin Ave. E. Standard voting hours will be Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., with extended hours including weekends in the final days before Election Day. Visit for complete hours and more information.

To vote early by mail, voters may request an absentee ballot. Ballots are then mailed out, and they include everything a voter needs to send back a completed ballot. Visit  for an absentee ballot application that can be printed out and mailed, faxed or emailed in to request a ballot. Also online is a link to the Secretary of State’s absentee ballot lookup tool to follow the status of an absentee ballot that has been submitted. You can also watch this video on voting by mail for more information.

Sample ballots available now

You can see exactly what your ballot will look like. Just go to and a link there will take you to a Minnesota Secretary of State webpage where you can view your sample ballot. It’s a great way to make sure you’re prepared for the voting booth, and you can bring it with you to the polls as a reference.

This election uses ranked-choice voting

Minneapolis voters will use ranked-choice voting this fall to elect a mayor and members of the City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation, and Park and Recreation Board. Ranked-choice voting is a way of voting that eliminates the need for separate primary elections. Voters may rank up to three candidates for each office. The ballot has three columns, and choices are made from left to right in those columns. Ranked-choice voting is used only for municipal elections in Minneapolis. 

More information on ranked-choice voting is available at

Get elections info at

The City has an elections-focused website: This website is a central place to go for accurate, timely information about this year’s election and ranked-choice voting.