Elections

  1. May Township and West Lakeland Township Elections

    May Township and West Lakeland Township hold an election annually on the second Tuesday in March. This year, it will occur simultaneously with the Presidential Primary Election. More details...
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2024 Election Dates

Start Date
End Date
Description of Activity
January 1February 13Register to vote in advance by February 13 to save time on Presidential Primary Day.
January 19March 4Vote early (absentee) by mail or in-person for the Presidential Primary.
February 9March 11May Township and West Lakeland Township
Vote early (absentee) by mail or in-person at the Vote Center in Stillwater.
March 5March 5Presidential Primary Election Day.

March 6July 23Register to vote in advance by July 23 to save time on Primary Election Day.
March 12March 12May Township and West Lakeland Township
Election Day.
June 28August 12Vote early (absentee) by mail or in-person for the Primary Election Day.
August 13August 13Primary Election Day.

August 14October 15Register to vote in advance by October 15 to save time on Election Day.
September 20November 4Vote early (absentee) by mail or in-person for the General Election.
November 5November 5General 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.

U.S. citizen

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.

Voting age

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.

Minnesota residency

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.

Felony incarceration

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.

Court restrictions

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.