Nonprofits and Elections

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Voting is a critical part of our democracy. The next General Election is Tuesday, November 5, 2024.

All voters will have these races on their general election ballot:

  • U.S. President
  • U.S. Senator
  • U.S. Representative
  • State Representative
  • Judicial seats

Voters may also have one or more of these races on their ballot:

  • City Officers
  • School Board Members
  • Township Officers
  • Local ballot questions

All 2024 Minnesota Elections Calendar

Questions or comments?
MCN is here to help with questions you have regarding elections, as well as support your organization in your civic engagement activities. Please contact

As nonprofits, it is our role to advocate for better voting policies and increased access to the polls to eliminate barriers a person may face to voting.

A hand with a finger extended and a red "I Voted" sticker attached to the very tip.
  • Encourage your community to register to vote – registering increases the chance of a person voting.
  • Never assume that someone is eligible to vote or that they are already registered. Who can vote in Minnesota?
  • Integrate accessible information about voter registration and voting rights into your everyday programs!
  • Inform constituents about primary elections, voting absentee, and early voting.
  • Match your messages to the communities you work with — you are best equipped to do this!

Center historically disenfranchised communities — Black, Indigenous, and people of color are some of the communities that have historically experienced the highest barriers to voting because of the lack of language access, funding for elections, reduced voting hours, and voter ID requirements. Nonprofits can work to eliminate barriers for disenfranchised communities through advocacy and through informing voters of their rights. Additionally, nonprofit can inform voters why voting is a powerful way to shape the communities they live in.

Help your community register to vote online, on paper, or on Election Day

In order to vote, a person must be a registered voter at their current address and be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • At least 18 years old on Election Day
  • A resident of Minnesota for 20 days
  • Not currently incarcerated for a felony conviction
  • Who can vote in Minnesota?

The MN Secretary of State is a great resource for voter registration and elections questions: