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Civic Engagement at St. Thomas

Civic Engagement is a campus-wide collaborative effort that brings together students, staff faculty members, university administrators from Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Government Relations, and Office for Mission to strengthen Democracy through voting education, voting turn out and advocacy. The Civic Engagement Voter Education & Advocacy taskforce (CEVEA) amils to:

  • Educate the campus community about advocacy activities and share resources that support advocacy and voter education.
  • Create a university-wide calendar of civic engagement activities.
  • Understand the legalities of 501(c)3 status as it relates to civic engagement (e.g., inviting candidates to campus).
  • Advertise and support civic engagement events and activities.
  • Engage and support external partners' advocacy efforts (e.g., Catholic Charities and CRS).
  • Connect faculty to civic engagement research opportunities.

University of St. Thomas Campus Vote Coordinator

Manuela Hill-Muñoz is the Campus Vote Coordinator for the University of St. Thomas.

Manuela can be reached at or by calling (651) 962-6149

Civically Engaged Tommies

Did You Know?


of Tommies voted in the 2020 election


ranking for MN College/University voter participation

Elections Information

Register to Vote in Minnesota

Voter Eligibility

To vote in Minnesota, you must be a U.S. 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 are not currently incarcerated, even if you are on 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.

What is my voting residence?

You should register to vote from the address you currently consider home. For many students, this is likely a school address or a parent's house. If you still go back to visit but no longer consider it your home, then you should register to vote where you live at school.

If you moved to Minnesota from another state and currently consider Minnesota your home, you can vote here even if you pay out-of-state tuition or have a driver's license from another state.

If you do not consider your school address to be your home, you can apply to vote by mail with an absentee ballot.

Minnesota voters can apply online; otherwise, visit your home state's election website or utilize TurboVote for support voting out of state.

How do I 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.

Vote early with an absentee ballot

You can vote early at your local elections officestarting 46 days before Election Day. You can also apply to have an absentee ballot sent to you in the mail.

Minnesota Election Dates


Vote by Mail or in Person January 19 through March 4

Register in advance or by February 13 to save time on Election Day

March 5 Presidential Primary

Vote by Mail or in Person June 8 through August 12

Register in advance or by July 23 to save time on Election Day

August 13 Primary Election

Vote by Mail or in Person September 20 through November 4

Register in advance or by October 15 to save time on Election Day

November 5 Election Day

*All Dates are for MN Elections for more information visit

Register to Vote out of State

Voter Eligibility

If you choose to register in a state other than Minnesota you must have a registered permanent address in that state. States may also have other eligibility requirements.

Voter Registration out of the State of Minnesota

Individual states often have unique processes and deadlines for their voter registration processes so it is important to be proactive in learning about your state's specific requirements well in advance.

Visit TurboVote to learn more about your state's registration process. Many states now offer online registration.

States and municipalities are on many different timelines for which offices are elected in certain years, and some may be holding special elections or feature ballot measures in the upcoming election cycle

Featured Initiatives

  • Tommies Vote

    Tommies Vote is your one-stop destination for all things related to student engagement, education, and voting at the University of St. Thomas!

    Our mission is clear: to empower and inspire the next generation of informed and active citizens.

    Unite for informed civic participation and make a lasting impact!

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  • Tommies Advocate

    Tommies Advocate is all about empowering University of St. Thomas students to become effective advocates for change. Through education, we equip you with the tools to build strong relationships with elected officials.

    Join us in fostering lasting impact through informed civic participation!

    Tommies Vote OneStThomas

  • Global Justice Movement Through CRS

    The Global Justice Movement through CRS is a student lead movement that connects national changemaking to global impact. Through awareness building, and advocacy action in partnership with CRS.

    CRS supports advocacy education, so students learn how to talk to elected representative at the capitol (in St. Paul or in D.C.).

    Global Justice Movement OneStThomas

CEVEA Task Force

Civic Engagement, Voter Education and Advocacy

CEVEA is a campus-wide collaborative whose members include faculty, university administrators from Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Government Relations, Office for Mission, library staff, and students.

With a mission to coordinate, streamline, and promote campus-wide civic engagement, voter education, and advocacy efforts to advance the common good, CEVEA sponsors a wide range of activities, including voter registration and turnout events, guest speaker and panel events, such webinars with elected officials, and community collaborations, like candidate forums for the Saint Paul Public Schools board.