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A last-minute guide to voting in Minnesota

It’s still not too late to cast your ballot.

Vancouver Canucks v Minnesota Wild Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

Sticking to sports is hardly a realistic option for this website and for anyone living in the United State currently. We all have lives outside of our Minnesota Wild fandom and voting is one way you can make your voice heard.

It’s pretty straight forward to cast your ballot in Minnesota. Even though the Presidential Election is only a day away, you can still cast a ballot and even register to vote. What you shouldn’t do is just drop your ballot in the nearest mailbox, however.

If you need questions answered, we’ve assembled an easy solution to all your queries.

Am I eligible?

To be able to register and vote, you must be:

  • A United States citizen.
  • 18 years old by Nov. 3. (We’re looking at you, 17-year-olds with Nov. 2 birthdays!)
  • Be a resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days before the election.
  • Maintain a residence at the address you put on your registration form.
  • If you’ve been convicted of a felony, you must have finished your sentence, including probation, parole or supervised release.

I’m not registered yet. Can I still vote?

Luckily, Minnesota has same-day registration, meaning you can register when you vote, either in person or by mail.

I have my ballot, what do I do now?

You can mail it in, but due to a recent court ruling, officials will set aside any ballots they receive after Nov. 3. Instead of taking that risk, there are plenty of drop-off centers around Minneapolis, or you can vote in-person instead at any polling station across Minnesota. To find your polling station, click here.

What will I need to bring?

Unlike other states, Minnesota doesn’t require a driver’s license or photo ID for voting. But if you are registering at the same time as voting, a valid photo ID is one example of a proof of residence you will need. A full list of approved documents for registration is available here.

What if I don’t have my ballot, or lost the envelope?

You can always still vote in-person at a polling center throughout the state, there will be a ballot for you to fill out there.

I want to vote in-person on Election Day. Where do I go?

You can use the Secretary of State’s polling place finder to look up your polling place.

What’s different with in-person voting?

A mask will be mandatory to vote in person, under the statewide mask mandate. Election workers will have masks on hand in case you don’t have one yourself. Social distancing will also be happening, so don’t worry if the line looks longer than usual.

Instead of a private booth, staff will hand you a ballot, similar to the one you got in the mail, for you to fill out on location and hand back.

It’s too much effort to go and vote though.

You have the right to time off work to vote, without losing pay or using vacation time. Most polling places in Minnesota will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. — so there is plenty of time to show up and cast your ballot.

If you have any unanswered questions, the Secretary of State’s website is full of information. It will only take a couple of minutes and you will know exactly what you can do in the next 24 hours.