Guide to Voting for College Students

Who Can Vote?

You may vote if:

  • You are a citizen of the United States
  • You are 18 years old on Election Day
  • You have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
  • If you had a felony conviction, you can vote if you have finished all parts of your sentence, including probation or parole.

What's my 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.

How do I register to vote?

You must be registered to vote at your current address. There are two ways to register:

  • Option 1: Pre-register to vote 20 days or more before the election. 
  • Option 2: Register to vote on Election Day. You will need to show proof of your name and current address.

For information on either way to register visit our Voter Registration website.

Voting Locations and Hours

To find out where you vote, visiting Minnesota polling places are open from 7 AM to 8 PM.

See Your Sample Ballot

To see the candidates and questions that will be on your ballot, got to

What to Bring on Election Day

If you registered to vote at your current address, you do not need to bring identification. If you need to register or updated your registration, you will need to show proof of residence before you vote. To learn more, visit or call 1-877-600-VOTE

Vote Early with an Absentee Ballot

You can vote early at your local elections. You can also apply to have an absentee ballot sent to you in the mail. To find your local elections office or to request an absentee ballot, visit