Get out the Vote

Registering to vote can sound complex and if you don't know the steps required to vote then why would you put in the extra effort?

Voting is important. From the Presidential election down to your local and state elections. 

Check out the rest of this site to learn more about how to register to vote and the information/materials you will need to register.

Student Government is encouraging voting by sharing information about how to vote, hosting registration events and helping students to find their polling place.

So, let's register to vote! For most, registration will take just minutes. It's easy! Just keep in mind that the deadline to register to vote is October 13!

September 18:
First day to vote early in person

September 22:
National Voter Registration Day, stop by to register at the Huskies Food Pantry, Hill Hall 190

October 21-24 
"Votes for Women: Portraits of Persistence" Traveling Exhibit

October 13:
Voter Registration Deadline (same-day registration available on Election Day)

November 2:
Last day to vote early in person

November 3: Election Day

Register to vote!

Frequently Asked Questions

I moved to college from another county/state. Do I have to go back home to vote?

COLLEGE STUDENTS

Your vote is your voice-get registered, get informed, go vote!

WHO CAN VOTE?

To vote in Minnesota, you must be a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old on Election Day, and a resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days. If you had a felony conviction, you can vote if you have finished all parts of your sentence, including probation or parole.

WHAT’S MY VOTING RESIDENCE?

You should register to vote from the address you currently consider home. For many students, this is likely a school address or a parent’s house. If you still go back to visit but no longer consider it home, then you should register to vote where you live at school.

If you moved to Minnesota from another state and currently consider Minnesota your home, you can vote here even if you pay out-of-state tuition or have a driver’s license from another state.

If you do not consider your school address to be your home, you can apply to vote by mail with an absentee ballot. Minnesota voters can apply at mnvotes.org; otherwise, visit your home state’s election website.

REGISTER TO VOTE

You must be registered to vote at your current address. To register or update your registration, go to mnvotes.org. It is best to register before Election Day, but not required. To register on Election Day, you must show proof of your name and current address. See what ID and documents you can bring at mnvotes.org.

VOTING LOCATIONS AND HOURS

To find out where you vote, visit mnvotes.org. Most polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

SEE YOUR SAMPLE BALLOT

To see candidates and questions that will be on your ballot, go to mnvotes.org.

WHAT TO BRING ON ELECTION DAY

If you are registered to vote at your current address, you do not need to bring identification. If you need to register or to update your registration, you will need to show proof of residence before you vote. To learn more, visit mnvotes.org or call 1-877-600-VOTE.

VOTE EARLY WITH AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

You can vote early at your local elections office beginning Friday, September 18. You can also apply to have an absentee ballot sent to you in the mail. To find your local elections office or to request an absentee ballot, visit mnvotes.org.

This is the first time I plan to vote. What do I need to know?

NEW VOTERS

New to voting? Don’t worry-these steps explain the process.

GO TO YOUR POLLING PLACE

You must vote at your assigned polling place. It is usually located near where you live. Find your polling place at mnvotes.org Most polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

SIGN IN OR REGISTER

If you are registered to vote, you name will be on a list of voters. You just need to write your signature next to your name. If you are registered, you do not need to show ID when you sign in.

If you did not register before Election Day, you must show proof of your current address. For example, you can show a current Minnesota driver’s license or state ID. Or you can show a photo ID that has your old address, along with a bill that shows your current address.

For a list of all the types of ID and documents you can bring, visit mnvotes.org

VOTE

You will vote in a private area, and your vote is secret. Vote with a pen or pencil, and completely fill in the oval next to your choice.

The ballot instructions will say how many candidates you can choose for each office. Usually it will say to ‘choose one’. Some local offices may have more than one seat to fill.

Your ballot will count even if you do not vote on every race or ballot question.

TAKE YOUR BALLOT TO THE BALLOT BOX

After you have voted, put your ballot in the ballot-counter machine. Be sure to get your “I Voted” sticker before you leave!

VOTE EARLY WITH AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

You can vote early at your local elections office beginning Friday, September 23. You can also apply to have an absentee ballot sent to you in the mail. To find your local elections office or to request an absentee ballot, visit mnvotes.org.

TIME OFF WORK TO VOTE

You have the right to time off work to vote, without losing your pay, personal leave, or vacation time.

What are my voting rights/What if I'm working on Election Day?

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

As a voter in Minnesota you have many rights-get to know them!

HAVE TIME OFF WORK TO VOTE

You have a right to take time off work to vote without losing your pay, personal leave or vacation time.

VOTE IF IN LINE BY 8 P.M.

You have the right to vote if you are in line to vote anytime before 8 P.M.

REGISTER ON ELECTION DAY

You have the right to register to vote on Election Day if you can show the required proof of residence.

SIGN IN ORALLY

You have the right to orally confirm who you are and to ask another person to sign for you if you cannot sign your name.

ASK FOR HELP

You have the right to ask anyone for help, except for an agent of your employer or union, or a candidate.

BRING CHILDREN TO THE POLLS

You have the right to bring your children with you to vote.

VOTE AFTER SERVING FELONY CONVICTION

You can vote after you finish all parts of your sentence, including any probation, parole, or other conditions such as restitution.

VOTE IF UNDER GUARDIANSHIP

You have the right to vote if you are under a guardianship, unless a judge has revoked your right to vote.

VOTE WITHOUT BEING INFLUENCED

You have the right to a replacement ballot if you make a mistake on your ballot before you cast it.

FILE A COMPLAINT

You have the right to file a written complaint at your polling place if you are unhappy with the way an election is being run.

BRING A SAMPLE BALLOT

You have the right to take a copy of the Voter’s Bill of rights into the voting booth

How do I vote?/Where do I vote?/Who do I vote for?

HOW TO VOTE

Your vote is your voice-get registered, get informed, go vote!

WHO CAN VOTE?

To vote in Minnesota, you must by a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old on Election Day, and a resident of Minnesota for at least 20 days.

If you had a felony conviction, you can vote after you finish all parts of your sentence, including any probation, parole, or other conditions such as restitution.

You can vote while under guardianship, unless a judge has revoked your right to vote.

REGISTER TO VOTE

You must be registered to vote at your current address. To register or to update your registration, go to mnvotes.org.

You can also register at your polling place on Elections Day. You must show proof of your name and current address. For more details, visit mnvotes.org or call 1-877-600-VOTE.

SEE YOUR SAMPLE BALLOT

To see candidates and questions that will be on your ballot, go to mnvotes.org

VOTING LOCATIONS AND HOURS

To find out where you vote, visit mnvotes.org. Most polling places are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Students living on campus will vote at the Southside Boys & Girls Club at 1205 6th Ave. S.

WHAT TO BRING ON ELECTION DAY

If you are registered to vote at your current address, you do not need to bring identification. If you need to register or to update your registration, you will need to show proof of residence before you vote. To learn more, visit mnvotes.org or call 1-877-600-VOTE.

VOTE EARLY WITH AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

You can vote early at your local elections office beginning Friday, Sept. 23. You can also apply to have an absentee ballot sent to you in the mail. To find your local elections office or to request an absentee ballot, visit mnvotes.org.

TIME OFF WORK TO VOTE

You have a right to take time off work to vote, without losing your pay, personal leave or vacation time.

Can I vote if I'm currently homeless?

I’M HOMELESS

If you are homeless, you can register to vote using the location of where you sleep as your address. You may need to go to the polling place with someone (see details below) who can confirm where you are living.

When you register to vote, you must provide your current residence. This is the place where you sleep, so if you sleep in a shelter, at a friend’s house, or outside somewhere, that is your voting residence.

If you sleep outside, write a description of its location on line four of your voter registration application. For example, “In the NW corner of Jefferson Park near the intersection of Winston Ave. and Smith St.”

REGISTER BEFORE ELECTION DAY

If you register before Election Day using and outdoor location as your residence, your voter record will be marked ‘challenged’ because the country could not confirm a specific street address. You will still be able to vote, but at the polling place on Election day you will be asked to swear oath that you are living at that location.

REGISTER ON ELECTION DAY

You can also register on Election Day. You will need to show proof of residence.

If you live outside, in a shelter, or are staying at a friend’s house, you may not have any documents proving you live there. If so, a registered voter from your precinct can go to a polling place to sign an oath confirming where you live.

If you live in a shelter, a staff person can go with you to the polling place to confirm you live at the shelter.