Tomorrow, Sept. 20, is National Voter Registration Day. With just seven weeks left to go until the Nov. 8 election, it’s a good time for everyone to make sure they’re registered.
If you’ve never voted before and need to register, now is the perfect time. If it’s been more than four years since you last voted, or you’ve moved or changed your name since you last registered, you’ll also need to re-register.
As of today, Minneapolis has nearly 250,000 registered voters. That’s about 77% of the estimated number of voting age citizens (18 or older) in the city, which means approximately 73,000 potential Minneapolis voters are not yet registered.
How to check your registration
The Office of the Secretary of State has a simple online tool that voters can use to see if they are registered to vote at their current address.
Who can register to vote
To register to vote in Minnesota, a person must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- At least 18 years old on Election Day
- A resident of Minnesota for 20 days
- Finished with all parts of any felony sentence
- You can vote while under guardianship unless a judge specifically has revoked your right to vote.
- You cannot vote if a court has ruled that you are legally incompetent.
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 up until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 18. If a voter is dropping off a paper registration, it is due by 5 p.m. on Oct. 18. If a voter misses this deadline, they may register in person at the Early Vote Center or at their polling place on Election Day.
When registering either at the Early Vote Center or on Election Day, a voter must bring proof of residence.
Confirm your polling place location
Many Minneapolis voters have a new polling place because of the redistricting process. On Election Day, Nov. 8, anyone who hasn’t voted early can only vote at their assigned polling place. All polling places are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Find your polling place at pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us.
More information is available at vote.minneapolismn.gov.