All NHCC students are encouraged to register to vote and exercise your right to have a voice in our democracy. NHCC has a responsibility to provide you with the voter registration information you need.
Step 1: Decide where you reside
You can only vote from the address where you “reside.” Your residence is the place you consider your home, from which you have no current intent to move. As a college student, if you consider your campus residence as your home, you may vote at that address, but if you consider your family’s address, or some other address as your home, you must vote from that address. Of course, you can only vote from one address in each election.
Step 2: Register to Vote
Before Election Day
You can download a Voter Registration Application at the Minnesota Secretary of State website or pick one up at any of the NHCC service counters in the Educational Services Building listed below:
- Records and Registration
- Information Center
- Counseling, Advising, and Career Planning
- Financial Aid
- Accounting and Fees
Complete the Voter Registration Application and turn it in at one of the NHCC service counters, to the Student Life or Student Senate Offices, or return it to the MN Secretary of State’s Office (address on the back of the application).
On Election Day
In Minnesota, you also have the right to register and vote on Election Day when you provide proof of residence. Information about registering on Election Day is also found on the Minnesota Secretary of State website. For students, proofs of residence can include:
- A valid Minnesota driver’s license, Minnesota ID card or permit with your current address
- If your Minnesota ID has an old address, you can use it or your college or university ID in combination with another document that has your current address, including a student fee statement, a utility bill, or a rent statement from your landlord that itemizes utilities
- A voter registered in the same precinct as you who can confirm your address with a signed oath, also known as a “voucher.”
Step 3: Vote
Find your polling place and voting hours on the Minnesota Secretary of State website. On Election Day, go to your polling place and cast your vote.
Absentee Student Voting
If you are going to be somewhere other than your residence on Election Day, you can still vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballot applications and instructions are available at the Minnesota Secretary of State website.
If you are going to be out of the country or studying abroad on the day of the elections, you can still vote in Minnesota. Visit the Minnesota Secretary of State website for information and resources related to overseas voting.