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Fun fact: Minnesota has led the nation in voter turnout for the past three election cycles, and part of why we’ve been able to accomplish this is because of key accessibility features Minnesota voters have been provided: same-day registration, a long period of absentee voting, and being able to vouch for neighbors at the poll — these all make voting easier for everyone.

The general election this year is just around the corner, with absentee voting starting on Sept. 23. Here is a list of resources and opportunities that can help you — or help you help others — get to the polls:

Register To Vote

You can either register to vote online or on paper and turn the form in — which is perfect if you’re holding a voter registration drive. The one catch: there’s a deadline of Oct. 18. After that, you’ll have to wait until Election Day to register when you show up to vote. But you can register on Election Day at your polling place — be sure to bring the required documentation.

Voting Early

Early voting runs from Sept. 23-Nov. 7. Your ballot must be received by Election Day in order for it to be counted, so allow up to a week. If you’re concerned about it being returned in time, you or someone else can return it to the election office that sent you your ballot. You can drop off ballots for up to three other people, and you will need to show identification with name and signature when returning a ballot for someone else. Don’t try to drop an absentee ballot off at a polling place; only the election office will take them. Also this year, unlike in 2020, you must have a witness’s signature for your ballot to be legally counted.

Election Day Voting

Want to get out and be seen at the polls on Nov. 8? Great! This year it’s more important than ever to check where you vote. After the recent census redistricting, your polling place may have changed from where you’re used to voting. Not sure what’s on your ballot? You can get a sample ballot to see who and what you’ll be able to vote for. It’s permissible in Minnesota to print, mark it up, and bring it with you to the polling place.

Voter’s Rights

  • You have a right to time off work to vote
  • You have a right to bring someone to assist you at the polls
  • You have a right to bring your children to the polls
  • You have a right to vote if you are in line by 8 p.m.
  • You have a right to get a replacement ballot if you make a mistake
  • You have a right to bring a sample ballot with you to the polls
  • More here

Other Voter Situations

Key Dates To Know

Ongoing: Request your absentee ballot for upcoming primary and general elections

Ongoing: Sign up to be a poll worker for election day in 2022

September 22: National Voter Registration Day

September 23: Beginning of early voting with absentee ballots for the November 8 general election

October 18: Register in advance by this date to save time on Election Day

November 8: Election Day

Other Voting Resources

NCJW Vote Forward

League of Women Voters

Voter Assistance Rules