Election Day 2016 is under two weeks away. While Minnesota’s pre-election voter registration deadline has passed, it’s still possible to vote in Minnesota if you missed it. Here are some important things to know when going to the polls on November 8th.
Same Day Voter Registration Is Available In Minnesota
If you did not register to vote prior to Election Day you will still be able to vote. Minnesota allows for what is called same day voter registration. This is an easy process – all you need to do is bring a current Minnesota-issued or Tribal photo ID, or a different photo ID along with a second document with your current residence. There are many different documents that will be accepted as proof of current residence. The Minnesota Secretary of State’s website outlines those here.
If individuals that live in a residential facility do not register to vote ahead of Election Day, they are able to vote on Election Day. If they do not have proof of residence as described above, a facility staff can accompany them to the polls and “vouch” for them.
Any staff person can vouch for all eligible voters who are residents of the facility, although election officials will require proof of employment, such as your employee identification badge.
Organizations can also bring a list of staff to the polling place on Election Day and give it to the head election judge. This should be printed on your letterhead, include staff who are vouching for residents, be signed and dated, and include the facility’s name, address, and your name and title. Also include this language in the letter:
“I certify that the following is a list of employees of this facility who may vouch on Election Day for eligible voters who are residents of this facility, and that this facility meets the definition of “residential facility” contained in Minnesota Statutes 201.061, subd. 3, para.(c).”
To find out more information about sending a staff list to election officials in advance please go here.
What If Individuals Are Under Guardianship?
Remember, only a court order issued by a judge can remove a person’s right to vote. Unless this has occurred, anyone can vote, including those under guardianship.
Other Important Resources
Here are a couple other important links that will help you prepare for November 8th.
- Check to see if you are registered to vote
- Find where to vote early in-person
- Find out where your polling place is for Election Day
As always, if you have any questions about this information please contact Sara Grafstrom at email@example.com and remember to vote on November 8th!