Voter Information, Voters Bill of Rights
1. Info on polling places throughout the state
2. Info on polling places in Stearns County
Who can vote?
You must be:
Most polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. A few township polling places will open at 10:00 a.m. Check with your town clerk for details.
But I have to work...
Minnesota law allows you to take time off from work to vote during the morning of the state primary and state general election. The idea is to encourage people to vote early in the day.
Where do I vote?
We vote close to where we live. Go to Polling Place Finder at http://pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us and enter your address to find out important voting information for your precinct including:
You need to be on the official list of voters before you can vote. If you are not already registered, you can add your name to the list by filling out a Voter Registration Application. When you fill out the application, you must give the address where you are living at the time of the election. If you are a student living at school, you can register either at home or at school (but not both!) depending on your residence. It is illegal to vote at a former residence because the new occupants vote there.
How do I register to vote?
1. You can register online by:
You can still register on election day ...
If you miss registering before the election, you can still vote by registering on election day at your polling place. However, you must provide proof of residence, as well as sign an oath stating that you are eligible to vote in the precinct. You will need:
Option 1: One form of current, Minnesota-issued photo ID:
Someone who is registered in the precinct where you live can vouch for you at the polling place. A voter who registers by this method may not confirm the residency of another voter on the day of the same election.
If you live in a residential facility, including nursing home, battered women's shelter, homeless shelter and other licensed facility, an employee can vouch for you at the poll (if the facility has provided the county with a certified list of employees).
If you are a college student you can use:
If you need help:
1. Vote Early (Absentee)
For Further Information:
For further information, please call the Election Division of the Minnesota Secretary of State, 1-877-600-VOTE (8683) http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/ ; the League of Women Voters of Minnesota, 1-651-224-5445; or the League's election information site: http://www.vote411.org. You may also call your County Auditor or City Clerk.
1. You have the right to be absent from work for the purpose of voting in a state or Federal election without reduction to your pay, personal leave, or vacation time on Election Day for the time necessary to appear at your polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work.
2. If you are in line at your polling place any time before 8:00 p.m., you have the right to vote.
3. If you can provide the required proof of residence, you have the right to register to vote and to vote on Election Day.
4. If you are unable to sign your name, you have the right to orally confirm your identity with an election judge and to direct another person to sign your name for you.
5. You have the right to request special assistance when voting.
6. If you need assistance, you may be accompanied into the voting booth by a person of your choice, except by an agent of your employer or union or a candidate.
7. You have the right to bring your minor children into the polling place and into the voting booth with you.
8. If you have been convicted of a felony but your felony sentence has expired (been completed) or you have been discharged from your sentence, you have the right to vote.
9. If you are under a guardianship, you have the right to vote, unless the court order revokes your right to vote.
10. You have the right to vote without anyone in the polling place trying to influence your vote.
11. If you make a mistake or spoil your ballot before it is submitted, you have the right to receive a replacement ballot and vote.
12. You have the right to file a written complaint at your polling place if you are dissatisfied with the way an election is being run.
13. You have the right to take a sample ballot into the voting booth with you.
14. You have the right to take a copy of this Voter's Bill of Rights into the voting booth with you.