Whatever our color, origin or zip code, our vote is our power. This election season, we will vote in record numbers to swear in a government of, by, and for the people. Now is the time to confirm you're registered to vote – and get registered if you're not.
Pre-registration for the November 3 election will end on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. That deadline provides time for election officials to confirm voter eligibility against government databases. You can pre-register simply by completing and submitting an online or paper voter registration form.
After October 13, a non-registered voter will have to provide proof of identity and residence in order to register, as well as a voter registration application.
Registering online by October 13, 2020 is cost efficient. No stamp is needed, and an election official does not have to enter information from a paper form into a computer.
Who is eligible to vote? You 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.
Who must register to vote? You must register if you:
- Have not voted in Minnesota for over four years
- Have moved (even if it’s just from one apartment to another in the same building)
- Have changed your name
Many people think they are not registered but in fact they are. If you updated your driver’s license for example, your voter registration may have been updated. Check first to see if you are registered to vote at your current address at this link: Confirm Voter Registration
Register to vote:
- Register to vote at this link: Register Online
- Obtain more information about registering to vote, or a paper voter registration form, at this link: Voter Registration Information
Request your ballot to vote by mail or get ready to vote in person:
- If you want to vote by mail, and have not already applied for a General Election ballot, request a ballot at this link: Vote by Mail Request
- Make sure you request your Absentee Ballot at least 15 days before Election Day (by October 19, 2020) to ensure it arrives in time! Mailing of ballots to voters will begin on September 18, 2020.
- If you're voting by mail, make sure your ballot is postmarked on or before Election Day. You can also return your completed ballot to the Ramsey County Elections office (90 Plato Blvd W # 160, St Paul, MN 55107) by Tuesday, November 3, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.
- To vote in person, find your polling place.
Ramsey County Needs Election Judges for the November 3 Election!
Although the County is preparing for a large volume of mail-in voting, it is also implementing a robust plan for in-person voting on Election Day. Election Judges are needed.
To serve as an Election Judge, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- At least 18 years old
- Eligible to vote in MN, including have lived in MN at least 20 days
- Able to read, write, and speak English
Students who are U.S. citizens and at least 16 years old may apply to be Student Judges. Judges make $10/hour.
By law, your employer must allow you to be absent from work with pay to serve as an Election Judge. You must give the employer 20 days written notice of the assignment. Ramsey County will issue you an electronic assignment letter. Your employer may reduce your pay by the amount of your Election Judge pay. Paid training is provided.
The hours are long (5:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.), but the work is rewarding. Student judges work shorter hours.
Judges will be required to wear masks at all times in the polling place. You may wear your own, or a KN95 mask provided by the County. Plastic shields for work stations, wipes, hand sanitizer, and optional latex-free gloves, as well as procedures to keep the polling place safe, will also be provided.
Be an Election Judge! Apply at this site: Ramsey County Election Judge Info