All UMD students are encouraged to register to vote and exercise your right to have a voice in our democracy. UMD has a responsibility to provide you with the voter registration information you need.

Contact Information

Office of Student Life
245 Kirby Plaza
(218) 726-8501
vcsl@d.umn.edu

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

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 at the Minnesota Secretary of State website at this link. Forms are available and may be dropped off at the following locations:

  • Library Entrance
  • MPIRG Office (Multicultural Center KSC 272)
  • Lake Superior Hall Front Desk
  • Kirby Info Desk

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.

Absentee Student Voting

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.