To be eligible to vote, a person must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- 18 years of age or older on the day of the election (the day they vote)
- United States citizen
- Have maintained residence in Minnesota for at least 20 days before the election
- Properly registered
You must complete the voter registration application in order to register to vote.
If you have questions about voter registration, contact the city clerk's office at 952.924.2503 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
When re-registration is needed
You must re-register if:
- Your name, address or apartment number changes
- You have not voted in four years
You can check your registration status online through the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State website. It is highly recommended that you do this at least one month prior to when you plan to vote. This will give you time to complete the registration process, if needed.
If you need help checking your registration or have questions, contact us at 952.924.2503 or email@example.com.
Note: The city clerk's office is only able to provide you with information regarding your own registration status. We cannot answer questions regarding the registration status of other voters.
If you know you are not registered to vote under your current name and/or at your current residential address, you should register to vote before Election Day. This will make your trip to the polls go much faster. State law requires you to register at least 20 days prior to Election Day in order to ensure that you appear on the list of registered voters at your precinct on Election Day. You may also register at the polls on Election Day or when you vote early.
In 2020, the cutoff date for preregistration for the state primary election is July 21, 2020.
You can preregister at least 20 days before any election by completing an online registration application or by mailing a completed paper registration application to city hall. Be sure to complete all required fields, write legibly and double check your information. Incomplete or incorrect registration applications will cause your registration to be delayed or will require you to take extra steps to prove your residence when you go to vote.
If you recently moved or changed your name, you can register to vote when you update your Minnesota-issued ID card or driver's license. Ask the representative helping you to make sure your voter registration is updated at the same time.
If you live in St. Louis Park, you can quickly and easily update your ID or driver's license at the following locations:
- AAA St. Louis Park, 5400 Auto Club Way, St. Louis Park
- Hennepin County Service Centers
If you register after July 21, 2020, follow the instructions below to register at your polling place on Election Day or when you vote early.
Use any of the following proof of residence options to register at your polling place on Election Day.
Option 1: Bring ID with current name and address
The following items are considered acceptable IDs in accordance with Minnesota statutes:
- Valid Minnesota driver's license (or receipt)
Minnesota learner's permit (or receipt)
- Minnesota ID card (or receipt)
- Tribal ID card with your name, address, photo and signature
Option 2: Bring photo ID and a document with current name and address
The ID can be expired, and the document can also be shown electronically on a device such as a smartphone or tablet.
The following are accepted photo IDs:
- Driver's license, state ID card or learner's permit issued by any state
- United States Passport
- United States Military ID card
- Tribal ID card with name, signature and photo of the voter
- Minnesota university, college or technical college ID card
- Minnesota high school ID card
The following are accepted documents:
- Billing statement or start of service statement for phone, TV or internet service, utilities, banking services, credit card, rent or mortgage (must be due or dated within 30 days of election and must have voter's name and address)
- Residential lease or rental agreement (must be valid through Election Day)
- Current student fee statement
Option 3: Registered voter in the precinct who can confirm your name and address
A registered voter from your precinct can go with you to the polling place to sign an oath confirming your address. This is known as vouching. A registered voter can vouch for up to eight people. A person who registers on Election Day and was vouched for cannot subsequently vouch for others.
Option 4: Valid registration in the same precinct
If you were previously registered in the precinct but changed names or moved within the same precinct, you only need to tell the election officials your previous name or address. No additional documentation is needed.
Option 5: Notice of late registration
If you preregistered to vote less than 20 days before Election Day, you may get a Notice of Late Registration in the mail. Bring this notice with you when you go to vote, and use it as your proof of residence to register.
Option 6: Staff person of a residential facility
If you live in a residential facility (nursing home, assisted living facility, etc.), a staff person can go with you to the polling place to confirm your address. This is known as vouching. A staff person can vouch for all eligible voters living in the facility, there is no limit. The staff person must prove their employment at the facility. There are several ways to do this, including by showing an employee badge. Learn more about residential facilities.