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UMD students are encouraged to register to vote and exercise their right to have a voice in our democracy! The 1998 reauthorization of the federal Higher Education Act includes a requirement that higher education institutions make a “good faith effort” to make mail voter registration forms available to all enrolled students. School may also comply with this requirement by providing a link to a website where the form can be downloaded.
This federal legislation supports UMD's goals of engendering leadership and citizenship among the student body. The Minnesota Secretary of State website has a special section for college students.
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 parents’ 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.
Register to Vote - Before Election Day
You can download a Voter Registration Application or register online at the Minnesota Secretary of State website. Forms are also available on campus and may be dropped off at the following locations:
MPIRG Office (Multicultural Center KSC 272)
Lake Superior Hall Front Desk
Kirby Info Desk
Register to Vote - 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. If you live on campus, and you plan to register on election day, you need only bring your student photo ID (UCard) since UMD Housing and Residence Life provides a housing list to election officials.
If you are going to be somewhere other than your residence on Election Day (including out of the country or studying abroad), you can still vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballot applications and instructions are available at the Minnesota Secretary of State website.