Voter Registration & Absentee Voting

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Voting Eligibility

To vote in any election in Minnesota you must be:
  • a citizen of the United States
  • at least 18 years of age on election day
  • a resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days
  • properly registered
Eligibility requirements for voting are established by the State of Minnesota. For more information, visit the Minnesota Secretary of State website.

Voter Registration

If you have voted within the last four years and have not changed your name or address since that time, you do not need to re-register. Visit the Minnesota Secretary of State's website to determine whether you are registered to vote at your current address.

Eligible voters may register at their precinct’s polling location on Election Day with one of the following authorized proof of residence:

  • A valid Minnesota driver's license or learner's permit (or receipt) showing a current address in that precinct.
  • A valid Minnesota ID (or receipt) showing a current address in that precinct.
  • Prior registration in the same precinct with former name or address shown on the roster.
  • A mailed notice received from the Scott County Auditor's Office indicating an insufficient registration.
  • Notice of late registration sent by Scott County Elections.
  • Tribal ID card that shows name, current address, signature and photo.
  • A photo ID (MN driver's license or MN ID with former address; U.S. passport; U.S. military ID; MN student photo ID from a post-secondary institution; Tribal ID with former address bearing name, signature and picture) with current bill showing voter’s name and current address (i.e. utility bill due within 30 days of the election; student fee statement; rent statement dated within 30 days of election day that itemizes utilities)

To save time by registering before Election Day, you may pre-register in one of two ways:

  1. Register online through the Minnesota Secretary of State's website.
  2. Download, complete and mail in a Minnesota Voter Registration Application [PDF] or complete one in-person at the Scott County Elections Office, 200 Fourth Ave. W., Shakopee. To have a voter registration application mailed to you, please contact the Scott County Elections Office at 952-496-8560.

Pre-registration closes 20 days prior to the election. Scott County Elections Department is responsible for voter registration.

Absentee Voting

Beginning in 2014, Minnesota voters no longer need an excuse to vote by absentee ballot in the primary or general election. Citizens are encouraged to vote absentee as you no longer need a specific reason, such as travel or medical issues. This voting option ensures you will be able to participate in the voting process.

Voters can request an absentee ballot in one of two ways:

  1. Request a ballot online through the Minnesota Secretary of State website. Once your information is verified, local election officials will review the application and, if approved, mail you a ballot.
  2. Download a Minnesota Absentee Ballot Application [PDF] or obtain one from Scott County Elections, 200 Fourth Ave. W., during regular business hours. Return the application to the Scott County Elections office. After your application is processed, Scott County Elections will mail you a ballot.

Absentee voting is also available in-person by visiting the Elections Office before Election Day. Ballots become available 46 days prior to the election. Absentee ballots must be received by Scott County Elections no later than the day before the election. 

The Scott County Elections office, not City Hall, is responsible for processing absentee ballots. For more information about Absentee Voting, visit the Scott County Elections Department website.

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