- 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
Are you registered? 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.
How to Register
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)
How to Pre-Register
Eligible voters may also pre-register in advance to save time on Election Day.
- Register online through the Minnesota Secretary of State's website
- Submit a Minnesota Voter Registration Application [PDF]. 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 Office is responsible for voter registration.
Minnesota voters do not need an excuse to vote early by absentee ballot or in person.
Early Voting (In Person)
Beginning in 2020, early voting is available at Shakopee City Hall, 485 Gorman St. Ballots become available 46 days prior to the election.
Voters can request an absentee ballot in one of two ways:
- Request 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.
- Submit a Minnesota Absentee Ballot Application [PDF] or obtain one at city hall during regular business hours. After your application is processed, Scott County Elections will mail you a ballot.
Absentee ballots must be received by Scott County Elections no later than the day before the election.
For more information about absentee voting, visit the Scott County Elections Department website.