Voting for College Students

Voting Regulations

To vote in Minnesota, you must be a United States 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.

Paying out-of-state tuition or having a driver's license from another state does not necessarily mean you can't vote in Minnesota.

Voting Residence

Some students are not sure whether to use their campus address or their parent’s address as their voting residence. Vote from whichever you consider to be your home. Voting rules are different in other states. If your voting residence is not in Minnesota, visit your home state’s election information website.

Learn How to Register to Vote

You must be registered to vote at your current address. It is best to register before Election Day, but it is not required. To register on Election Day, you must show proof of your name and current address.

Your Ballot

See the candidates and questions that will be on your ballot.

Where to Vote

Find out where you vote. Most polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Proof of Identification

If your voter registration is current and active, you do not need to bring identification. This means you were successfully registered at least 21 days before Election Day and you have not moved or changed names since then.

If you need to register or update your registration, or you have not voted in four years or more, you will need to show proof of residence before you vote.

Voting Early Using an Absentee Ballot

You can vote early at your local elections office. You can also apply to have an absentee ballot sent to you in the mail.


Learn how to have an absentee ballot emailed to you wherever you are in the world.