• 2020 U.S. General Election

    Tuesday, November 3 | 7 am - 8 pm

For citizens of the United States over 18 years old, voting is the easiest way to make your voice heard. Different levels of government determine your community’s response to everything from potholes to policy, and voting gives you the chance to select the people making those decisions.

We urge everyone who is eligible to check their registration and make sure it is current at z.umn.edu/votes. Find important information below to help you feel prepared and vote with confidence. 

Be a voter. Make a plan, talk to your friends and family about the importance of voting, and raise your voice by November 3.

  • COVID-19 and Voting

    Guidance on voting in the upcoming elections may be affected by current conditions relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    To stay current on any updates and recommendations for voting in the 2020 election in Minnesota, refer to the secretary of state's 2020 Elections & COVID-19 page and the City of Minneapolis page, Voting and COVID-19: What You Should Know.

    Make Your Voice Heard

How do I register?

In Minnesota, eligible voters must be: 18 years or older, a U.S. citizen, a Minnesota resident for at least 20 days before Election Day, and not convicted of a felony or treason without having civil rights restored.

If you plan to vote in person at your polling place on Election Day, you can register on site that same day.
Did you know? Housing & Residential Life provides your building's election commission a list of residents 21 days prior to the election, enabling eligible voters to use their U Card or other photo ID to register and vote on-site the day of the election (see Locations below).

Not a Minnesota resident or have additional questions? Use z.umn.edu/votes to register and request an absentee ballot in any of the 50 states! Visit howto.vote for rules and deadlines in other states.

How do I vote?

URGENT: Courts have ruled that mailed ballots must arrive at the county election office/Secretary of State's office by 8 P.M. on Election Day, Tuesday November 3. Ballots mailed today or later may not arrive in time to be counted.


You have four other options:

  1. Drop off your ballot at the absentee ballot dropbox located at the east entrance of Northrop. This option is available only for voters registered in Minneapolis.
  2. Drop off your ballot at the county election office. Locations are listed at sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/find-county-election-office.
  3. There are extended hours, including weekend voting, at in-person early voting locations. A list of locations is in the FAQ section of z.umn.edu/votes.
  4. Vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3.

If you need a ride to the polls, the Minnesota Student Association is reimbursing for rideshare costs at z.umn.edu/RowtothePoll.

Community Reminder

The way each person experiences election season differs for a number of reasons.

Be mindful that not everyone can vote, and that some may feel targeted by campaign policies and rhetoric or other statements made by candidates. If you are affected by campaign messages, consider talking with friends, family, and campus resources.

For questions or concerns regarding campaign activities, please reach out to your Residence Director during business hours, the Community Advisor On-Duty during evening hours, or bias-response.umn.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I register using my home or school address?

Should I register using my home or 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 Sky grew up with their family in Cambridge and goes to UMD, and lives on campus. Sky might consider either,

  • Their home is in Cambridge and they go to school in Duluth.
  • Their home is in Duluth and they visit their family in Cambridge.

You, like Sky, 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 at a new address now. Do I need to re-register?

I registered to vote at a nearby address in 2018, but I live at 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 will be back at the same building I lived in during the last election. Do I need to re-register?

I will be back at the same 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.

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.

Local Voting Locations

Voting Absentee

The City of Minneapolis is hosting an absentee ballot drop-off location at the east entrance to Northrop Auditorium across from Lilly Plaza. This location only accepts ballots from those voting as residents of Minneapolis.

If you are voting absentee under your permanent home address, visit howto.vote to find instructions for your local election office.

Students voting in Minneapolis who have requested, received, and completed an absentee ballot can now drop it off during the following hours:

October 19 - November 3

  • Weekdays from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Saturdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Sundays from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Monday, Nov. 2 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm

To count, mail ballots returned in person must be received by 3 pm on Election Day and cannot be dropped off at polling places on Election Day. A voter may drop off ballots for a maximum of three other voters (not counting their own ballot). The voter will need to show identification with name and signature and complete simple paperwork.

Voting In Person on Election Day

Tuesday, November 3  | 7 am - 8 pm

If you are registering to vote via your campus address, see the locations below to find your building's polling place. Remember, anyone in line at 8 pm will be allowed to vote.

Residents of

17th Avenue


Polling Place

Weisman Art Museum
333 River Pkwy E
Minneapolis, MN  55455



Residents of


Polling Place

Falcon Heights City Hall
2077 Larpenteur Ave W
Falcon Heights, MN  55113



Residents of


Polling Place

Matthews Park
2318 29th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN  55406



Residents of


Polling Place

University Lutheran Church of Hope
601 13th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN  55414