Students are encouraged to vote in the Nov. 6 election. Anyone who chooses to vote needs to be a registered voter in the precinct where they live. Minnesota has same-day registration.

A roster of all resident students, including St. John Vianney Seminary and the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity, has been provided to county election officials. These students simply will need to show their student ID at their polling location to register to vote.

Students living on north campus vote in McNeely Hall; students living on south and mid-campus vote at the Groveland Recreation Center, 2045 St. Clair Ave.

Students living off campus will need to locate the polling place for their local address by logging onto the Minnesota Secretary of State website and entering their address.

To register, off-campus students will need one of the forms of ID listed here:

  • A current valid Minnesota Driver’s License, learner’s permit or identification card (or receipt for a new one), containing their address in the precinct.
  • Photo ID (Minnesota Driver’s License, Minnesota ID Card, United States Passport, United States Military ID Card, Tribal ID Card, Student ID) with a current student fee statement, rent statement, or an original bill (delivered electronically or by mail) for water, sewer, gas, electric, phone, solid waste, cell phone, or cable or satellite television services that includes their name and current address in the precinct and has a due date within 30 days of election day.
  • Tribal ID that contains their name, photo, signature and address in the precinct.
  • Someone who is registered in the precinct where they live who can confirm their address under signed oath.
  • “Notice of Late Registration” postcard that was sent to them from their county auditor or city clerk.
  • Prior registration listed on the roster at their former address in their precinct.

Absentee Voting

If students choose to vote absentee, the easiest way is to do so in person at their county auditor’s office, or city or township clerk’s office starting 30 days prior to Election Day. Students should contact their county auditor or city clerks for details.

To obtain an absentee ballot through the mail, students should contact their county auditor or city clerk. Their ballot will be sent to them when it is ready (as early as 30 days before Election Day). Their voted absentee ballot must be received in their precinct by Election Day when the polls close or it will not be counted.

If students have questions about registering to vote or their polling location, stop by the Dean of Students Office in Room 241, Anderson Student Center.