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Election Day is Tuesday, November 2, 2021!

Being a voter is your first step in raising your voice and taking ownership of decisions made by your elected officials. Registering to vote is fast and easy. Simply begin by selecting the campus you are most affiliated with below, and follow the next steps.

Frequently Asked Questions

When should I register?

When should I register?

Register now! Don’t wait. We make it simple and easy through the voting registration links above. 

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. Can I register at my school address?

I'm still living with my parents. 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 2020, but I live in a new address now. Do I need to re-register?

I registered to vote at a nearby address in 2020, 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?

You can vote early with an absentee ballot at your local elections office. If you are not registered, you can do so in person if you show proof of residence.

For most elections, absentee voting locations must be open during their normal business hours starting 46 days before the election. In addition, locations offering absentee ballots for federal, state or county elections must be open:

  • The last Saturday before Election Day (10 a.m. — 3 p.m.)
  • The day before Election Day until 5 p.m.
  • This does not apply to school districts holding standalone elections. 

 

Source: Minnesota Secretary of State

What offices am I voting for?

What offices am I voting for?

Although there are no Presidential or state legislative races this year, there are many local races within your city and county. 

Sample ballots are available from the Minnesota secretary of state to learn more about races and candidates in your area.

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.