Contributor: Marcia Avner
Slate’s newsletter has offered a look at all 50 states’ election timelines and processes. Here is a reminder and some useful links for options for how to vote in Minnesota. Given the threats to the postal service, it is time for all of us to spread the word about how important it is to act now to get absentee ballots and respond early or to take advantage of other opportunities for early voting and early same day registration.
Register to vote by: Oct. 13, or at your county election office before Nov. 3, or at the polls on Election Day
Early in-person voting: Limited (available at your county election office)
Voter ID law: None
Vote by mail: No excuse required
Notable hurdle: There are no early voting centers.
How easy is it to vote: Very easy
You must register to vote online or by mail by Oct. 13. You can also register to vote at your county election office, then cast a ballot. Some of these offices will provide additional in-person early voting sites where you can also register. Finally, you can register at the polls on Election Day, but you must then vote in person. Minnesota law only requires election officials to check the signature on an absentee ballot against the voter’s signature on file if there is a discrepancy in other identifying information. If they detect a mismatch, they must promptly notify the voter and provide an opportunity to fix the defect.
Slate’s recommendation: Request an absentee ballot, fill it out at home, and drop it off at your county election office or a drop box, if available. If you are unable to return the ballot yourself, you may ask another individual to do it for you. If you choose to mail your ballot, you should track its progress online.
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