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Minnesotans are encouraged to make a plan to vote
SAINT PAUL – In one week, voters will have the final opportunity to cast their ballots in the November 8 General Election. As of November 1, nearly 376,000 ballots have been accepted since the start of voting season in Minnesota on September 23.
On the Statewide General Election ballot, voters can expect to see state and local partisan and non-partisan races, including all statewide constitutional offices, state representatives, state senators, and U.S. representatives.
Voting by Mail
Minnesotans who have a ballot at home are urged to get it in the mail by November 1 to ensure it is received by local elections officials by November 8. After November 1, voters are encouraged to bring their ballot to their county election office to ensure it is received in time to be counted. Some counties have 24/7 drop boxes, that are secure and monitored around the clock, to allow voters to cast their ballot at any time. Voters can track their ballot online at mnvotes.gov/track.
Voting Early In-Person
Those who have not requested an absentee ballot, but would like to vote early, can go to their county election offices during business hours to cast their ballot. Some cities and towns also offer in-person absentee voting. There will be extended hours around the state at county offices on Saturday, November 5, with many offices open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Monday, November 7, with offices open until 5 p.m. To find specific voting hours, contact your local election office.
Voting on Election Day
Most polling places will be open on November 8 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Find your polling location and view voting hours at mnvotes.gov/pollfinder.
Eligible Minnesotans can still register at their polling place on Election Day.
A new call center has been created to help answer questions from voters ahead of the November 8 Election. Voters can call 1-877-600-VOTE (8683). The call center is available Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The call center will also be open on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Tuesday, Nov. 8 from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
An American Sign Language (ASL) Hotline is available at 612-293-4288 (VP) through a partnership with the Minnesota Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind & Hard of Hearing (MNCDHH). The hotline is available Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Election Day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
This year, voters may notice the races they can vote in, and their polling places, have changed due to redistricting. Every ten years, the boundary lines which divide the state into areas represented by our elected officials, like U.S. Congresspeople or state lawmakers, are re-drawn. These divisions, called districts, are adjusted based on the U.S. Census and other surveys to ensure that they have equal populations and representation in our government.
In Minnesota, new maps of these district lines were produced by a panel of five judges and released to the public on February 15, 2022. Voters can view their sample ballot at mnvotes.gov/myballot and find their polling place at mnvotes.gov/pollfinder.
Election Night Results
Unofficial results will be reported on election night after the close of polling places at 8 p.m. Election results can be viewed as they come in on the Secretary of State’s Election Night Reporting webpage. Results will be updated approximately every ten minutes.
Minnesota's voters are rightfully proud of our election system. In a partnership between the Secretary of State's office and county, city, and township governments, we hold elections that are the envy of the nation. The Secretary of State’s office has many resources, including a new video, to help detail some of the ways we know our elections are fair, accurate, and secure.