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Where Do I Vote?

If you live in Minnesota while attending Saint Mary's but also live in another state (most likely your parents' house), you can only vote in ONE of these states, but which you vote in is up to you!

You will need to register if you have never been registered, if you have moved, if you have changed your name, if you haven't voted in four years, or if you were convicted of a felony and have finished serving any supervised release.

The 2020 election presents an additional challenge, as COVID may force you to go home early or throw other hurdles into your life that may make it harder to vote. To combat this, register and vote early, either by mail-in absentee ballot or in person (if you register to vote in Minnesota).

If you have questions about voter registration, absentee ballots, or anything else related to voting, please ask the library! We're happy to help!

Register to Vote

Think you might already be registered in Minnesota? Check here!

Registration Deadlines for General Election 2020

Online: October 13

To register online, you need either a Minnesota ID or the last four digits of your Social Security number and an email address to use Minnesota's online voter registration system. If you don't have either form of ID and an email address, you can still register by mail to vote.

If you are a participant in Minnesota’s Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program, do not register to vote or update your registration online. Contact Safe at Home at 1-866-723-3035.

By mail: Received by October 13

You can download a voter registration application online to mail in.

Forms can be mailed or dropped off at either your county election office or to:

Secretary of State

60 Empire Dr.

Suite 100

Saint Paul, MN 55103

If you mail your form, be sure to attach the appropriate postage!

In person: November 3 (Election Day)

If you miss the October 13 deadline, you can still vote! You can register AND vote on Election Day, November 3, at your local polling place in Minnesota. Find your polling place.

Learn more about registering on Election Day.

Will my polling place be safe?

Think you might already be registered in Wisconsin? Check here!

Registration Deadlines for General Election 2020

Online: October 14

To register online, you need a Wisconsin driver's license or state ID card to use Wisconsin's online voter registration system. The address where you're registering needs to match the address the DMV has on file for you. If you don't have a Wisconsin ID, you can still register by mail to vote.

By mail: Postmarked by October 14

You can download a voter registration application online to mail in.

Forms should be mailed or dropped off at your local election official.

If you mail your form, be sure to attach the appropriate postage!

In person: Election Day, November 3

If you miss the October 14 deadline, you can still vote! You can register to vote in person in your municipal clerk's office until the end of the business day on October 30. You must provide a Proof of Residence document when registering to vote.

You cannot register the Saturday, Sunday, or Monday before an election, but you can register at your polling place on Election Day.

Note: Voters must reside at their address for at least 28 days by Election Day in order to register to vote. Voters who have moved within Wisconsin less than 28 days before the election must vote from their previous address, either by absentee ballot or at the polling place. Voters who have moved to Wisconsin from another state less than 28 days before an election are only eligible to vote in Presidential elections.

Think you might already be registered in Illinois? Check here!

Registration Deadlines for General Election 2020

Online: October 18

To register online, you need an Illinois driver's license or ID and a Social Security number to use Illinois's online voter registration system. If you don't have an Illinois-issued ID, you can still register by mail to vote.

By mail: Postmarked by October 6

You can download a voter registration application online to mail in.

Forms should be mailed or dropped off at your local election authority.

If you mail your form, be sure to attach the appropriate postage!

In person: Election Day, November 3

After the regular voter registration deadline of Oct. 6 you can register and vote in person during a grace period, which begins the day after the deadline and runs through Election day. During this grace period, you can register and vote at your local election office, a permanent polling place, at early voting sites, at some polling places on election day, and at any other location specifically designated for grace-period voting by your election authority.

Note: Voters must be a resident of the jurisdiction where they are voting for at least 30 days prior to the election.

Questions about voter registration in other states? Contact us and we'll help you find the answers!

Request an Absentee Ballot

Minnesota allows ANY voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote early in person.

To vote absentee, request your mail-in ballot with an application. The application can be filled out online or printed and mailed.

Fill the application out completely and carefully. 

Submit your request, either online or sent to your local election office.

Your ballot will be mailed to you with instructions for filling it out and sending it back

For your ballot to count, remember this important information:

  • Read the instructions that come with your ballot carefully
  • Your signature envelope might have a box for a witness to complete and sign. Due to COVID-19, there is no witness requirement for registered voters in the Nov 3rd 2020 General Election. Non-registered voters will need a witness. 
  • Mail the ballot and forms back right away.  Your ballot must be postmarked on or before Election Day (11/3/2020) and received by your county within the next seven calendar days (11/10), You may drop off your ballot in person. 

You can track the status of your ballot here.

Wisconsin allows ANY voter to request to vote absentee.

To vote absentee, request your mail-in ballot with an application. The application can be filled out online. You must be registered to vote to request an absentee ballot.

Fill the application out completely and carefully. 

Submit your request, either online or sent to your local election office.

Your ballot will be mailed to you with instructions for filling it out and sending it back. You can track your ballot here.

Illinois allows ANY voter to request to vote absentee.

Illinois will mail an absentee ballot application to those who voted in Illinois in the 2018 General Election, the 2019 municipal election, or the March 17 primary election, as well as to anyone who registered to vote or updated their address after the primary election.

Fill out the application completely.

Submit the request to your local election authority. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. Requests for mail ballots must be received by your local election authority by Thursday, October 29, 2020.

When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

Questions about requesting an absentee ballot for other states? Contact us and we'll help you find the answers!

More Minnesota Information

General 2020 Election Information

Help Others to Register

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Become a Poll Worker
Consider working (it isn't volunteering, you get paid even for the two hours of training)

Secretary of State's Office Contacts

  • Elections Line: 651-215-1440 or 877-600-VOTE (8683)
  • Nasser Musa, director of Voter Outreach: Nasser.Mussa@state.mn.us, 651-201-1324
  • Michael Wall, Voter Outreach Specialist: Michael.Wall@state.mn.us, 651-201-6892