Voter & Election Administration
Voter & Election Administration
You may register and vote in Minnesota on the next Election Day if you:
- will be at least 18-years-old on Election Day
- are a citizen of the United States
- a Minnesota resident for at least 20 days before the election
- not a convicted felon without your civil rights
- not under guardianship of the person in which the court revokes your right to vote
- have not been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law
Registering before Election Day
You may register to vote by completing a Voter Registration Application and submitting it by mail or in-person to your local election official.
For your name to appear on the polling place roster, register at least 20 days before Election Day.
Links to the Minnesota Office of the Secretary of State:
- Minnesota driver's license, out of State license, learner's permit, identification card, or receipt for one, with your current address;
- A valid student ID card including your photo, if your college has provided a student housing list to election officials;
- Tribal ID card that contains your picture and signature;
- A valid registration in the same precinct under a different name or address;
- A voter registered in the same precinct as you who can confirm your address with a signed oath;
- If the Minnesota license, out of State license,Tribal ID, MN State ID or out of State ID, has a former address, you may bring a recent utility bill* to use with your license or ID;
- U.S. passport with utility bill*;
- A military ID with a utility bill*;
*Note: The utility bill must have your name, current address, and be due within 30 days of the election. Utility bills may be for electric, gas, water, solid waste, telephone, cell phone, internet or cable TV. You may also use a Residential Lease or Rental Agreement, which must be valid through Election Day, a bank or credit card statement, rent or mortgage payment statement.
How do I register to vote?You can fill out a voter registration card and return it in person or by mail to our office.
PO Box 266
Ada MN 56510
Voter registration forms are available at the County Courthouse, in many telephone books, in your state tax booklet (in even-numbered years) or by downloading a copy from the Secretary of State's web site by clicking here.
You can also register to vote when you apply for or renew your Minnesota driver's license or state identification card.
Check to see if you are a registered voter by selecting Voter Registration Lookup.
Everyone has the option to vote by Absentee Ballot regardless of their reason.
To obtain an absentee ballot through the mail, complete the Absentee Ballot Application, (link below) and send it to the Norman County Auditor at PO Box 266, Ada, MN 56510 or fax to 218-784-4531. Your ballot will be sent to you when it is ready (as early as 30 days before Election Day). Or you may obtain a copy through the Secretary of State web site.
Secretary Mark Ritchie unveiled a new online feature that will help voters check the status of their absentee ballots. The Absentee Ballot Lookup service is part of the Office of the Secretary of State's continuing commitment to use technology to provide added convenience to voters. This service will streamline election administration resulting in cost savings to local governments and ensuring Minnesota is in full compliance with the recent federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act.
The on-line service informs absentee voters about the current status of their ballots with one of the following messages:
- Your absentee ballot application has been received.
- Your absentee ballot has been sent to you on (date).
- Your absentee ballot has been received.
- Your absentee ballot will be counted.
- Your absentee ballot has been rejected for (reason).
- Your replacement ballot has been sent on (date).