With the 2016 general election just 51 days away, it's time to start thinking about registering to vote -- assuming that you're not already registered. If you've changed your address or your name since the last election, or have turned 18 -- you need to register to vote.

In Minnesota, in most cases you can register on Election Day at your designated polling place (more info here); but why not take care of it all ahead of time instead of dealing with the rush on November 8th?

Who can vote in Minnesota?

To vote in Minnesota 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.

If you're more comfortable registering on paper click HERE. Need more help? You can call 1-877-600-VOTE (8683), or contact your County Voting Office.

Did you know you can vote by mail? 2016 is the first year in Minnesota that you don't need a special reason to vote in the absentee ballot program. If you don't want to head to the polls, just sign up HERE and you can vote from the comfort of your home.

Want to learn more about your candidates? You can get a look at your 2016 Minnesota ballot HERE.

MN Secretary of State