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Voting 101: Home

Information about eligibilty, registration, ballots, and polling.


Pre-Election Voter Registration due before October 16, 2012

VOTE on Campus

MSUM-Comstock Memorial Union

615 14th St. S

Room 101

Moorhead, Minnesota 56563




Polling Places

If you choose not to vote on campus, use this link to find your polling place.

It's Your Right! Student Voter Information


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. If you consider your parents’ residence, or some other address as your home, you must vote from that address. You can only vote from one address in each election

Register to Vote
Once you’ve decided which address is your residence, you can register to vote. To pre-register, download a Voter Registration Application at and return it in person or by mail to your local election official at least 21 days before Election Day (before July 24 for the August 14, 2012 primary, and before October 16 for the November 6, 2012 general election). You may also register on Election Day at your polling place.

Voting Absentee
If you are going to be somewhere other than your residence on Election Day, you can still vote by absentee ballot. To vote absentee, download and complete the absentee ballot application and return it to your county auditor. You may instead choose to vote absentee in person at your county auditor's or city clerk's office. Our Absentee Voting page(from the Minnesota Secretary of State Office) has more details about these options.

If you are going to be out of the country or studying abroad on the day of the elections, you can still vote in Minnesota. Visit the Minnesota Military and Overseas Voter Service for information and resources related to overseas voting. You can even receive your ballot by e-mail. However, you will need to print it out and send a hard copy back.

This information on this page is from the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State.  Visit the Minnesota Votes page for additional information.

Who can vote?

Before you can vote, you must register.  In Minnesota, you may register at least 20 days before Election Day or on Election Day at your polling place. To be eligible to register and vote in Minnesota you must:

  • be at least 18-years-old on Election Day 
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
  • have any felony conviction record discharged, expired, or completed
  • not be under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights
  • not have been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law

Sample Ballot

2012 General Election Sample Ballot

Sample ballots will not be available until late September.