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Time off for voting

Every employee who is eligible to vote in an election has the right to be absent from work for the time necessary to appear at the employee's polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work on the day of that election, without penalty or deduction from salary or wages because of the absence. An employer or other person may not directly or indirectly refuse, abridge, or interfere with this right or any other election right of an employee.

2014 Important Events Calendar

June 2014 Dates
Independent Filing deadline for General ElectionJune 3, 2014 -
Filing deadline for primary Ballot accessJune 3, 2014
Absentee ballots available for Primary ElectionJune 27, 2014 -
July 2014 Dates
Primary pre-registration deadline. Voters can also register on Election DayJuly 22, 2014
August 2014 Dates
Congressional PrimaryAugust 12, 2014
Primary ElectionAugust 12, 2014
September 2014 Dates
Absentee ballots availableSeptember 19, 2014 -
October 2014 Dates
Pre-registration deadline.Voters can also register on Election DayOctober 14, 2014
November 2014 Dates
November General Election DayNovember 4, 2014


If you are not registered to vote or need to update your registration information, you may do so at your local polling location on Election Day as long as you can provide proof of residence.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us to find out important voting information for your precinct. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Minnesota: Voting at the Polls on Election Day

Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-8:00 PM

  • For state elections, most polling places open at 7:00 a.m.; a few polling places in small townships located outside the eleven-county metropolitan area may open as late as 10:00 a.m. All polling places close at 8:00 p.m.

Can I get time off from work to vote?

  • Yes. Minnesota voters may take time off from their jobs for the purpose of voting without penalties or reductions in their pay, personal leave, or vacation time. This is allowed on the day of a state election for the time necessary to appear at the polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work.

If I did not pre-register, can I vote on election day?

  • Minnesota voters may register to vote on Election Day. To register at your polling location, you must provide proof of residence, complete a voter registration application, and sign an oath stating that you are eligible to vote in the precinct.

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