First, find out where you are supposed to vote. Voting locations are based on your address. They're usually conveniently close to your house. Usually, your polling place will be a local school or possibly a church building; this is in order to accommodate a large number of people with no problem. *You need to go the polling place designated for you, you cannot just go into any polling place.
You can look up where your polling place is by entering your zip code and address here:
The polling place will be tended by a number of election judges. These people keep order, check registered voters in, register new voters, and make sure all ballots are kept secret and secure for the day of the election. They often work from 6:00 a.m. until after the polls are closed for the evening. If you're interested in becoming an election judge, click on this link: http://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/get-involved/become-an-election-judge/
**Did you know students ages 16-17 can be Election Judge Trainees and help out at the polling place on Election Day?** Sounds like a great way to see the process of election!!
This link tells you how to vote if you are away at college, and other special circumstances. There are links to a paper registration and where to mail it, or to register online as well:
Graphic from 2012: Look how many people were in the 21-40 years old age group--That's voting power.
If you haven't registered to vote, you can bring with identification and register right before you vote. You will need a Drivers License or your Social Security number. You may also need to show a bill, such as a utility bill, to prove you live at your address.
- You are a Citizen of the United States
- You are 18 years old by Election Day, November 8, 2016
- You have lived in Minnesota for 20 days prior to November 8. Thus, you have to have lived in this state on October 19th.
- You must not have been convicted of treason or a felony
- You are not legally incompetent
This is a typical ballot from the last election.