Find answers and information about what you need to know as a voter, including the three basic steps to voting.
Ready to vote?
Early (absentee) voting is available now. You can cast your ballot now by mail or in person at the Olmsted County early voting location at 1421 3rd Ave SE, on the southeast side of the Olmsted County Fairgrounds.
Hours for in-person early voting are:
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Extended hours will be available selected evenings and on Saturday during the final week before Election Day on November 6.
You are eligible to register and vote in Minnesota if you:
- are a United States citizen.
- will be at least 18 years old on Election Day.
- will have lived in Minnesota for 20 days immediately before Election Day.
- live at the address given on your registration form.
- are not under court-ordered guardianship in which the court order revokes your right to vote.
- have not been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote.
- have any felony conviction record discharged, expired, or you have completed your sentence.*
*Potential voters with a question on the status of a prior felony conviction should contact their probation office to gain clarification and resolve any status questions before completing a voter registration application on line or on paper.
Giving false information on a voter registration application is a felony punishable by not more than five years' imprisonment or a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.
Check Your Registration and Register Online
Check your registration to see if you're registered at your current address.
If you've never registered, or if you've moved or it's been more than four years since you last voted, you can get registered now.
Online registration is fast and easy. You need either your Minnesota Driver's License or ID card number, or the last four digits of your social security number in order to complete your registration online.
Other Registration Options
You can also register by completing and submitting a paper voter registration application. Registration forms are available in multiple languages, as well as in large print and via other accessible options.
Pre-registration closes 20 days before each election. If you haven't pre-registered, you can register when you vote, either at your polling place on Election Day or when voting early. You need to provide an accepted proof of residence when registering when you vote.
Learn more about What's on the Ballot and How to Vote
Know what's on the ballot in 2018
Federal Offices: United States Senator (2 seats), United States Representative
State Legislative Offices: State Representatives from each district in Minnesota
State Executive Offices: Governor and Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Auditor, Attorney General
Judicial Offices: Supreme Court Chief Justice and three Associate Justice Seats; Court of Appeals (7 seats); Third District Court Judges (8 seats)
County Offices: County Commissioner (3 seats). County Attorney, County Sheriff, and Soil and Water Conservation Officer (3 seats)
City Offices: Mayor, Council Members (3 seats - Wards 1, 3 and 5)
School Board seats 2, 4, 5 and 6
Know what to expect when voting
Before you go vote, early or on Election Day, download your sample ballot to see exactly what your actual ballot will look like, including which races are on your ballot and how it is arranged.
Learn more about candidates
Candidates for City offices (Mayor and City Council) submit filing affidavits to the City Clerk's Office. Those affidavits are available on this website, as are any campaign finance reports filed by City candidates or their campaigns.
Other resources to learn more about candidates for all offices include the online sample ballot look up which includes links to candidate information when available, local media, and candidate forums.
The Rochester Public Library, League of Women Voters, Rochester Post Bulletin, and the Chamber of Commerce are hosting candidate forums this fall for several local offices on the ballot
A series of forums for local contests are being hosted by the League of Women Voters and held at the Rochester Public Library, and will be accessible via livestream and archived recording at http://bit.ly/RPLvideo
- Wednesday, Oct. 3, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - School Board Seats 2 and 4
- Sunday, Oct. 7, 2 p.m. - School Board Seats 5 and 6
- Monday, Oct. 8, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - State House District 25A and 25B
- Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - State House District 26A and 26B
- Monday, Oct. 15, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. -Olmsted County Commission District 4 and Olmsted County Attorney
- Tuesday, Oct. 16, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Rochester Mayor and City Council Ward 3
- Wednesday, Oct. 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Rochester City Council Wards 1 and 5
Make a voting plan
Decide when and how you will vote before Election Day arrives.
You have three choices to cast your ballot for the General Election: by mail, early in-person at the designated location in Olmsted County at 1421 3rd Ave SE, or on Election Day at your assigned polling place. Think about which option will work best for you and make a plan to vote now. This will ensure you have plenty of time to request a mail ballot, or to make any necessary arrangements to get to the Early Voting location or your polling place at a time that will work for you.