Are You Ready to Vote?

The fourth Tuesday in September, National Voter Registration Day, serves as a reminder to Americans to check their voter registration status to ensure they’re ready to participate in upcoming elections. The general election is only six weeks away, and now is a good time to make sure you’re prepared.

Here’s what you can do to make sure that you’re ready to vote, and to make sure your voice is heard this election year:

Check your registration. If you’ve had recent changes in your life such as a move, a name change, or have recently become a citizen or turned eighteen, it might be a good idea to double-check and make sure your registration is up-to-date. Check

Register. Minnesota residents can register online, through the mail, or in person. Participants in Minnesota’s Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program can call 1-866-723-3035 for assistance with registering safely. If you don’t manage to register in advance, you can register in person at your polling place on Election Day as long as you have proof of residence. Register

Make a plan. Sample ballots are available to view online so that voters can familiarize themselves with candidates and come to the polls prepared. If you’re planning to on Election Day, it may be worthwhile to make a plan in advance by finding your polling place  or arranging for agent delivery.

Request an absentee ballot. If you’d rather vote while staying safe at home, complete an absentee ballot application so that you can vote by mail. Once you’ve sent your ballot in, you can track it online to make sure it gets counted. Absentee ballots must be postmarked by November 3, 2020, but can also be turned in in person by 3 p.m. on Election Day. Request

Vote! Early voting started on September 18th, and Itasca County residents can vote in-person at the Itasca County Courthouse, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through November 2nd. Polls are required to be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Important Dates

September 18th Early voting opens

October 13th Online & by mail registration deadline

November 2nd Early voting closes

November 3rd Election Day