National Voter Education Week is October 4-8, 2021. Check out the mobile app for voting resources and helpful tips. Paper applications are available in Student Life, Campus Center 101.
COLLEGE STUDENT RESOURCES
The Minnesota Secretary of State website offers these resources for college students.
VOTING & ELECTION INFORMATION
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
In order to vote, you need to register. We encourage students to register anytime now through September 28 (National Voter Registration Day). Registration temporarily closes 20 days before the election, and opens again on Election Day for voters who register at their polling place.
Before Election Day
On Election Day
In Minnesota, you also have the right to register and vote on Election Day when you provide proof of residence. Click here for information about registering on Election Day. 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.”
Reminder: You must re-register each time you change addresses, change names, or do not vote at least once during a four-year period. Update your registration by completing a new registration application.
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.