Minnesota ID requirements for voting by mail

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any Minnesota voter may apply to vote an absentee ballot by mail. No excuse is required.

Voter Registration

First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

The absentee ballot application requests that you provide a MN issued driver’s license number or MN ID card number and social security number (last four digits).  If you do not have these identifiers, there is a box to check.  However, if  you have an ID number but refuse to give it, your absentee ballot may be rejected and you will be unable to check the status of your absentee ballot online.

First-time voters may need to submit ID – see Voter Registration section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match your voter registration signature. Your absentee ballot cannot be counted unless it is notarized or has the signature of a witness who is a registered Minnesota voter.

Last update: April 15, 2020

Hannah Piercey

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