Election Day: Everything you need to know about when, where and how to vote

- It’s Election Day and people across the state and around the country will begin heading to the polls. 

When and where? 

Polling places throughout most of Minnesota are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. There are a few exceptions, so check your polling place before heading out. 

Make sure you are in line by 8 p.m. According to state law, as long as you are in line by 8 p.m., you can vote. 

Find your polling place here

Are you registered? 

You can see if you are registered to vote on the Minnesota Secretary of State website

If you are not registered to vote, you can register at the polls on Election Day if you meet certain criteria

To vote in Minnesota, you must be: 

  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years old on Election Day
  • A resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days
  • Finished with all parts of any felony sentence

To register to vote on Election Day, you must bring proof of residence. Any of the following forms will be accepted: 

1. ID with current name and address

  • Valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit or ID; or a receipt for any of these
  • Tribal ID with name, address phone and signature

2. Photo ID and a document with a current name and address (the ID can be expired) 

  • Driver's license, state ID or learner’s permit issued by any state
  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Military or Veteran ID
  • Tribal ID with name, signature and photo
  • Minnesota university, college or technical college ID
  • Minnesota high school ID

3. Approved documents (choose one) -- can be shown on an electronic device

  • Bill, account or start-of-service statement due or dated within 30 days of the election for phone, TV or internet, solid waste, sewer, electric, gas or water, banking or credit card, rent or mortgage
  • Residential lease or rent agreement valid through Election Day
  • Current student fee statement

4. Registered voter who can confirm your address

5. College student ID with housing list

6. Valid registration in the same precinct 

7. Notice of late registration

8. Staff person of a residential facility 

What’s on the ballot? 

You can put in your address here to see what candidates and questions will be on the ballot in your precinct before you vote. 

Minneapolis and St. Paul both have mayoral races this election. 

  • St. Paul candidates for mayor
  • Minneapolis candidates for mayor 

Ranked choice voting: How does it work? 

Minneapolis and St. Paul elections use ranked choice voting for elections. With ranked choice voting, voters can choose to rank candidates for all offices on the ballot. In Minneapolis, voters can rank up to three candidates. In St. Paul, they can rank up to six. 

In Minneapolis, ranked choice voting is used for all Minneapolis city offices, including Mayor, City Council, Board of Estimate and Taxation and Parks and Recreation Board. 

In St. Paul, ranked choice voting is used for mayor and city council races.  

SO, HOW DOES IT WORK? 

You select their first choice for each race. You then have the option to rank second and third choices in each office. The second choice would only be counted if your first choice did not receive enough votes to continue on to the next round of counting. 

Ranking a second or third choice candidate does not hurt your first choice candidate. You are not required to rank more than one candidate and you can rank as many or as few candidates as you please. 

To win a ranked-choice election, a candidate must earn more than 50 percent of the vote. 

Officials in both cities do not expect a mayoral candidate to get more than 50 percent of the vote, so that means the winner will not be determined on Tuesday night. 

In fact, Minneapolis will not start the process of counting the votes until tomorrow and St. Paul will not start until Thursday. 

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