2024 Election Dates
|Description of Activity
|Register to vote in advance by February 13 to save time on Presidential Primary Day.
|Vote early (absentee) by mail or in-person for the Presidential Primary.
|May Township and West Lakeland Township
Vote early (absentee) by mail or in-person at the Vote Center in Stillwater.
|Presidential Primary Election Day.
|Register to vote in advance by July 23 to save time on Primary Election Day.
|May Township and West Lakeland Township
|Vote early (absentee) by mail or in-person for the Primary Election Day.
|Primary Election Day.
|Register to vote in advance by October 15 to save time on Election Day.
|Vote early (absentee) by mail or in-person for the General Election.
To vote, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen.
- At least 18 years old on Election Day.
- A resident of Minnesota for 20 days.
- Not currently incarcerated for a felony conviction.
- Not under a court order that revokes your right to vote.
Only citizens of the United States are eligible to vote in elections in Minnesota.
- This includes local elections such as city, town or school district elections.
- Green card holders are not eligible.
- If you are gaining citizenship soon, wait until after your naturalization ceremony to register.
You need to be at least 18 years old on Election Day to vote in Minnesota.
However, you can pre-register earlier if you are 16 or 17 years old. If you do pre-register, election officials will process your application so it will automatically register you on your 18th birthday.
As long as you turn 18 on or before Election Day, you are eligible to vote in that election. That includes voting early or by absentee ballot.
You must be a Minnesota resident for 20 days to be eligible to vote in Minnesota. Note that you can be temporarily away from your residence.
Your criminal record does not affect your right to vote in Minnesota unless you are currently incarcerated for a felony conviction.
This means you can vote if:
- You were charged with or convicted of a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor.
- You are in jail but are not currently serving a felony sentence.
- You have been charged with a felony, but you haven’t been convicted.
- You have been given a stay of adjudication.
- You have been convicted of a felony but are not incarcerated.
- You are on work release, even if you return to a jail facility at night.
You cannot vote if you are currently incarcerated serving a felony sentence.
As long as a judge did not restrict your right to vote through court order, you have the right to vote when:
- You are under guardianship.
- You are under conservatorship.
- You gave someone power of attorney.
- You have a brain injury.
- You have a developmental disability.
- You have a cognitive impairment.
- You experience memory loss .
No one else can make this decision on your behalf, including a spouse, children, attorneys, caregivers, doctors or nurses.
Vote early by mail (absentee voting)
Read before you apply.
For your ballot to count, remember this important information:
- Read the instructions that come with your ballot carefully.
- You will need a witness when you vote and complete your ballot The witness can be either a registered Minnesota voter or a notary.
- Return the ballot and forms right away after you finish. Your ballot will not count if it is received after Election Day.
Apply for an absentee ballot.
To apply to automatically receive absentee ballot applications by mail for every election you are eligible to vote in, fill out: Application to Automatically Receive Absentee Applications (PDF) and return it to the Washington County Elections Administration.
You can apply for a ballot any time during the year, except the day of the election. Leave time for election officials to mail your ballot. Your returned ballot must be received by Election Day.
Track your ballot.
You can track the status of your ballot and confirm that it was received and counted.
Deadline to return your ballot.
Your ballot will not count if it is received after Election Day.
Returning your ballot in person.
You can return your ballot in person no later than 8 p.m. on Election Day to the election office that sent your ballot. You can drop off ballots for up to three other voters. You will need to show identification with name and signature when returning a ballot for someone else. Some voters may also return it in one of the designated ballot drop box locations. You may not drop your ballot off at your polling place on election day.
Returning your ballot by mail.
Your ballot must be received by Election Day or it will not be counted. Return your ballot by mail or package delivery service (such as FedEx or UPS).
Watch a video about absentee voting, and learn more about the process.
Vote early in-person (absentee voting)
In-person absentee voting will begin January 19 and run through March 4. at Vote Centers:
- Cottage Grove Service Center: 13000 Ravine Parkway, Cottage Grove.
- Forest Lake Headwaters Service Center: 19955 Forest Road N, Forest Lake.
- Washington County Government Center: 14949 62nd Street. N., Stillwater.
- Woodbury City Hall: 8301 Valley Creek Road, Woodbury.
Starting February 16, in-person absentee voting will also be available at Oakdale City Hall, 1584 Hadley Ave. N., Oakdale.
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 2: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Monday, March 4: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Election Day voting
Polling places are open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. As long as you're in line by 8 p.m., you can vote, even if you do not reach the front of the line until after 8 p.m.
To find your polling place, visit Minnesota Secretary of State - Voter Information Portal.
The sample ballot shows a list of the candidates and ballot questions you'll be voting on. This information is posted about 45 days before an election at: Minnesota Secretary Of State - What's On My Ballot?
As a voter in Minnesota, you have many voter rights—get to know them.
Have time off work to vote.
You have a right to take time off work to vote without losing your pay, personal leave, or vacation time.
Vote, if in line by 8 p.m.
You have the right to vote if you are in line to vote anytime before 8 p.m.
Register to vote on Election Day.
You have the right to register to vote on Election Day if you can show the required proof of residence.
Sign in orally.
You have the right to orally confirm who you are and to ask another person to sign for you if you cannot sign your name.
Ask for help.
You have the right to ask anyone for help, except for an agent of your employer or union.
A voter who requires assistance in marking a ballot, by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write, may be given assistance to do so by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the employer or agent of that employer or officer or agent of the voter’s union.
Bring children to the polls.
You have the right to bring your children with you to vote.
Vote if you are not incarcerated for a felony conviction.
You can vote if you are not currently incarcerated, even if you are on probation or parole, or have other conditions such as restitution.
Vote if under guardianship.
You have the right to vote if you are under a guardianship, unless a judge has revoked your right to vote.
Vote without being influenced.
You have the right to vote without anyone in the polling place trying to influence your vote.
Get a replacement ballot.
You have the right to a replacement ballot if you make a mistake on your ballot before you cast it.
File a complaint.
You have the right to file a written complaint at your polling place if you are unhappy with the way an election is being run.
Bring a sample ballot.
You have the right to take a sample ballot into the voting booth.
Bring the Voter’s Bill of Rights.
You have the right to take a copy of the Voter’s Bill of Rights (Minnesota Statutes 204C.08, subd. 1d) into the voting booth.
Permanent Absentee Voter List
Starting in June 2024, eligible voters will be able to request to be added to a list to automatically be sent an absentee ballot during the early vote period, instead of needing to apply again ahead of every election. This will save time for voters who know they want to continue voting from home.
Expanded Hours for Voting Before Election Day
During a statewide general election, voting locations will be required to be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the two Saturdays and the Sunday before the election, until 7 p.m. on the Tuesday the week before the election, and until 5 p.m. on the Monday before the election. For non-statewide general elections, voting locations will be required to be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Saturday before the election and until 5 p.m. on the Monday before the election.
Voter Language Access Resources
In all elections after January 1, 2024, voting instructions will be available on Election Day in the three most commonly spoken non-English languages in the state as determined by the state demographer for the previous calendar year. Sample ballots will be required to be translated in precincts on election day where 3% or more of the population speak English “less than very well”. Additionally, translation services will be available in precincts on election day where 20% or more of the population speak English “less than very well” and if ten or more registered voters file a request. A list of impacted precincts will be available on the OSS website in January 2024.
- How do I fix a typo in my registration?
- How do I get a copy of my voter registration card or proof of registration?
Minnesota does not issue voter registration cards. If you need proof of voter registration you can email Washington County Election Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How do I change my party registration?
Voters do not declare a party when they register to vote in Minnesota, so there is nothing to change! Minnesota has an "open primary", so voters choose which party's primary to participate in when they vote their ballot.
In most cases no one will know which party's primary you voted in. However, for the Presidential Primary, the major party chair will get a list of voters who chose their party's ballot.
- How do I cancel my registration?
- How do I let someone know a voter has died?
Minnesota election officials get death reports daily from the Minnesota Department of Health and Social Security Administration, so voters that die will be removed from the registration rolls through that process.
- What voter data is public and private?
A registered voter's name, address, year of birth, and phone number (if given by the voter) is public data. Which elections someone voted in is also public, but how a voter marked their individual ballot is never recorded. Ballots are always secret.
Although the data above is public, it is not available to anyone who asks for any purpose--it is restricted to certain people for specific uses. The MN Secretary of State's registered voter list has details about these restrictions as well as ordering information.
Read the privacy notice for voter registration applications to learn what data is kept private and why private data is collected, or the following question if you have concerns about your privacy.
- What if I have safety or privacy concerns?
Your name and address are public when you register to vote. However, if you have safety or privacy concerns, there are ways to register and vote without making your information public:
- Safe at Home is Minnesota's address confidentiality program. When you join this program, you will vote by mail using an absentee ballot sent through the Safe at Home office. Your name and address will not be shared with Washington County Elections. Only your marked ballot is counted.
- Request to Withhold Voter Information from Public Information (PDF). Send the completed form to Washington County Election Administration at email@example.com. Your name and address will still appear on the list of voters at the polling place on Election Day, but will not be available to members of the public.
- Request to Inactive Voter Record (PDF) Inactivate your voter record by sending a completed form to Washington County Election Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org. This will prevent election officials from seeing the information in the database of voters. Once you inactivate your record, you must re-register before voting again.
More details about these programs are available at I Fear For My Personal Safety.
- How do I register close to Election Day?
In Minnesota, you can wait until Election Day to register. However, we encourage you to register before Election Day, because it will save you time at the polling place.
The deadline to register online is 11:59 p.m. 21 days before Election Day.
The deadline to register on paper is 5 p.m. 21 days before Election Day.
Within 20 days before the election, you can submit a registration form but it will not be processed until after Election Day.
You can always register when you vote, either at a polling place, or when voting absentee.
- How do I vote if I'm moving close to Election Day?
If you moved to Minnesota later than 21 days before an election, you will not have time to establish residence in Minnesota for voting.
If you are moving within Minnesota before an election, you will want to register and vote at the address you will be living at on Election Day.
If you're moving from Minnesota, you will need to consult the voting laws of the state you are moving to.
If you move from Minnesota within 30 days before a presidential election to a state you are not eligible to register in, you can apply to vote for U.S. president in Minnesota.
- Other Questions?
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Stillwater, MN 55082
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The Elections Administration is proud to serve more than 180,000 registered voters in Washington County. The county provides voter registration and election administration services for federal, state, and local elections.