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Register to Vote

You can verify whether you are registered to vote at your current address here. You will need to re-register if you move to a new address, change your legal name, or do not vote throughout a four-year period. Most voters can register to vote online. Voters may also register to vote via a paper application that must be mailed or delivered to the Minnesota Secretary of State's office in St. Paul or their county elections office. Dakota County's elections office is in Hastings and Scott County's elections office is in Shakopee. If you are not registered, there are less than 21 days before the election, and you intend to vote in person on election day, you will need to register to vote at your polling place immediately prior to voting. Instructions for election-day registration are available here and a guide with pictures of what you will need to bring to the polling place is available here. Those casting absentee ballots may register to vote at the same time as mailing or casting their ballot in person, even if doing so less than 21 days prior to election day.


Voters may seek assistance or raise concerns regarding voting and registering to vote by contacting the MN Secretary of State's office by phone at 877-600-VOTE (8683) or via email at Dakota County voters may contact the Dakota County Elections office by phone at 651-438-4305 or via email at Scott County voters may contact the Scott County Elections Department by phone at 952-496-8560 or via email at

For those who are assisting others seeking to register online, the Minnesota Secretary of State's office has created a PowerPoint presentation that will walk you and those registering through the process.

How to Vote

Voters choosing to cast their ballot in person on election day can find their voting location via the polling place finder. For most elections, voters will also be able to access a sample ballot shortly before election day.​

With the exception of some special elections and township elections, absentee voting begins 46 days prior to each election. Voters may obtain and return an absentee ballot and do not need to have or provide a reason for voting absentee. Absentee ballots may be cast by mail and voters do not need to be registered to vote prior to requesting an absentee ballot. If a voter needs to register or update their registration, they can do so by including a voter registration application with their mailed absentee ballot. Absentee ballots that are mailed must be received by the voter's county elections office by election day. Voters can track their absentee ballot hereSpecial provisions apply to anyone voting absentee who is living outside the United States, or is a member of the U.S. military serving outside his/her home precinct, as well as his/her spouse and dependents.

For most county, state, and federal elections, those wishing to vote absentee may request an absentee ballot starting 46 days prior to the election. Dakota County voters may obtain and/or return an absentee ballot in person during normal business hours at Dakota County's elections office in Hastings as well as other locations which vary by election, but typically include the Northern Service Center (West St. Paul), the Western Service Center (Apple Valley), and several municipal offices. Scott County voters may obtain and/or return an absentee ballot in person during normal business hours at Scott County's Public Works Building in Jordan. Voters may return completed absentee ballots in person up until 3 p.m. on election day. Dakota County has confirmed that absentee ballots delivered to the Northern Service Center or Western Service Center will be treated as received by its elections department at the time they are delivered to either service center. Under state law absentee voting must be available at each county's elections office, as well as other locations offering in-person absentee voting, during normal business hours on weekdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. the Saturday prior to election day, and until 5:00 p.m. the day before election day, unless that falls on a Saturday or Sunday. Whether returned by mail or in person, a voter can ask to cancel a returned absentee ballot until the close of business one week before election day by contacting their county elections office.


Another form of in-person absentee voting, sometimes referred to as early voting, in which ballots are deposited directly into a tabulator, is available during the 7 days prior to most elections. Early voting locations and hours are typically made available on Dakota County's website prior to each election. Scott County voters may access information about absentee voting here.

Candidate Forums

Video of past candidate forums is available within our candidate forums archive.

Additional Resources

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