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Be a Voter

Being a voter is your first step in raising your voice and taking ownership of your government. The process is fast and easy. Simply begin by selecting the campus you are most affiliated with below, and follow the next steps.

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Twin Cities

Visit the voter registration portal for the Twin Cities Campus.

Now Open! An absentee ballot drop-off location is now open at the east entrance of Northrop Auditorium (across from Lilly Plaza, near Morrill Hall) for students, staff, and faculty who vote in Minneapolis. Please bring your completed ballot and a valid ID. You cannot apply for absentee ballots at this location, but you can drop off your own and three additional completed ballots.

Hours of operation:
Weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 2 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Election Day, Nov. 3 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When should I register?

When should I register?

Register now! Don’t wait. You can later figure out absentee balloting (based on a number of things, including campus being open or closed due to COVID), but the longer you wait to register, the fewer choices you’ll have.

What are my options for voting during COVID-19?

What are my options for voting during COVID-19?

You have three options. First, you can vote in person on November 3 at your polling place. Second, using the campus links above, you can mail an absentee ballot. (Your ballot must be postmarked by November 3 and arrive at your county election office by November 10.) Third, you can vote early at an early voting location or the county election office.

I have heard confusing things about voting by mail. Is it safe and reliable?

I have heard confusing things about voting by mail. Is it safe and reliable?

Yes. Voting by mail is completely safe. The post office and state election offices know how to handle large numbers of mailed ballots. Minnesota has had vote by mail for years.

To ensure there are no questions about your mailed ballot, update your registration now!

Should I register using my home address? Or my school address?

Should I register using my home address? Or my school address?

You can legally register and vote using either your home address or school address. Use what you consider your permanent residence. For purposes of voting, permanent residence is wherever you consider your home to be.

Example: Let’s say a student named Alice grew up with her parents in Cambridge and goes to UMD, and lives in a dorm. Alice might consider either,

  • a) Her home is in Cambridge and she goes to school in Duluth.
  • b) Her home is in Duluth and she visits her parents in Cambridge.

You, like Alice, should register wherever you consider your home is.

I'm still living with my parents until COVID-19 uncertainty passes. Can I register at my school address?

I'm still living with my parents until COVID-19 uncertainty passes. Can I register at my school address?

No. Minnesota does not have anticipatory registration. If you have not yet officially moved to an address, you cannot vote there.

I registered to vote at a nearby address in 2018, but I live in a new address now. Do I need to re-register?

I registered to vote at a nearby address in 2018, but I live in a new address now. Do I need to re-register?

Yes. Anytime you move, you must re-register. Even if you remain in the same precinct, you must re-register to protect yourself against fraud allegations.

I’m back at (or am coming back to) the same apartment building I lived in during the last election. Do I need to re-register?

I’m back at (or am coming back to) the same apartment building I lived in during the last election. Do I need to re-register?

It depends:

If you moved out of your campus/off campus housing address for the summer and have officially returned to the same address, you remain registered at that address.

If you have not yet officially moved to a new address, even if it’s in the same apartment building, you must re-register at your parents’ home. Remember, Minnesota does not allow you to register before you officially live in your residence.

Where can I vote early?

Where can I vote early?

Each of the five University of Minnesota campuses is in an area that allows early, in-person voting beginning September 18 and ending November 2. On Election Day itself, November 3, voting is allowed only at polling places. You must go to the early voting location that is in your city. If your city is not listed here, please check with your county elections office for times and locations.

Crookston

Polk County Election Office
612 N Broadway, Room 225, Crookston, MN 56716
Monday through Friday, 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Duluth

City Hall
411 West First Street, Room 318, Duluth, MN 55802
Hours for early voting are 8:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. (Mon - Fri). Extended hours for early voting begin October 27, 2020. 

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - Saturday, October 31, 2020 (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) 

Monday, November 2, 2020 (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

Minneapolis

Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services
980 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Early voting hours are Monday to Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
As Election Day nears, they offer weekend early voting hours. See the Elections & Voter Services Calendar for detailed daily voting hours.

Hennepin County Government Center
300 South 6th St, Minneapolis, MN 55487
Voting hours may vary from Minneapolis Elections & Voter Services. Visit Hennepin County Elections to view their early voting hours.

Morris

Stevens County Election Office
400 Colorado Avenue, Suite 303, Morris, MN 56267
Monday through Friday, 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
NOTE: Early voting in Morris begins September 23, 2020

St. Paul

Ramsey County Elections Office
90 Plato Blvd W, St Paul, MN 55107
Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

New Brighton Community Center
400 10th St NW, New Brighton, MN 55112
Monday through Friday, 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Ramsey County Library - Roseville
2180 Hamline Ave N, Roseville, MN 55113
Monday through Friday, 10:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M.

Rochester

Olmsted County Elections Office
2122 Campus Dr. SE, Rochester, MN
Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
To save time, Olmsted County requests that you complete an absentee application and bring it to the Elections Office with you.

Government Center
151 4th St. SE, Rochester, MN
Open October 27 through November 2, 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
To save time, Olmsted County requests that you complete an absentee application and bring it to the Elections Office with you.

What offices am I voting for?

What offices am I voting for?

In 2020, Minnesota voters are not only voting for president. There is also voting on a US Senate seat, all eight US House seats, and all 201 state legislators. Numerous local seats are up for grabs, depending on your area. Sample ballots are available from the Minnesota secretary of state.

Is there a good source for information on the candidates?

Is there a good source for information on the candidates?

There isn’t really a good stand-alone resource for reliable, non-partisan information on all candidates. However, using the “My Ballot” resource from the secretary of state, you can search online to learn more on candidates and the offices they are seeking.