How to vote
ELECTION DAY IS NOV 8
EARLY VOTING OPENS FRI, SEPT 23RD
Voting in Minnesota opens in September and there are multiple ways to cast your ballot. The best way to start is by confirming that you are registered to vote at your current address. You will need to re-register if you have moved or changed your name since the last time you voted. You can also register for the first time at the link below.
VOTE EARLY BY MAIL
Avoid lines on election day by having your ballot mailed to you and then either mailing it back or dropping it off at an early voting center. Use the link below to request your ballot (we suggest doing this before October 18). Once you receive your ballot you can vote in the privacy of your own home with no time pressure.
VOTE EARLY IN PERSON
Voting early in person is a great way to get your vote in early! If you’d like to vote in person, you can vote early at Lakeville City Hall or one of the other designated Dakota County Voting Centers. Click below to find available early voting centers and hours of operation.
HOW TO VOTE ON ELECTION DAY, NOV 8, IN PERSON
The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov 8. Polling places in Dakota County are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by 8 p.m., you have the right to stay and vote.
Due to COVID-19, we expect social distancing measures to be in effect. This may cause delays and longer voting times — please plan extra time if you will be voting in person, and take precautions to protect yourself and others including wearing a mask.
KNOW YOUR VOTING RIGHTS
Before heading to the polls, know your voting rights. According to Minnesota state law, you have the following rights when voting:
- To take time off work to vote without losing your pay, personal leave, or vacation time
- To vote if you are in line to vote anytime before 8 p.m on Election Day. (Do not leave if you are still waiting in line after 8pm)
- To register to vote on Election Day if you can show the required proof of residence.
- To ask anyone for help, except for an agent of your employer or union.
- To bring your children with you to vote.
- To a replacement ballot if you make a mistake on your ballot before you cast it.
- To take a sample ballot into the voting booth.
Read a full list of your voting rights and print a copy of them to bring with you to vote via the MN Secretary of State’s website below.