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How to register to vote for the midterms

A guide to register for the November election.
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Election day is coming up on Nov. 8, and in order to cast a ballot, students must be registered to vote in the district they want to vote in. Here’s how students can check their registration status and register to vote, either before or on election day.

To vote in the general election, students must check their registration status, eligibility and determine their residency. Students can check if they have previously registered to vote by going to the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State website.

Students from Minnesota that are not already registered in Minneapolis and want to vote in elections taking place around the University of Minnesota area have to change their residency status to their Minneapolis address before voting.

Out-of-state students can vote in Minneapolis if they can prove they have lived in Minnesota for at least 20 days. These students can also pre-register or complete same-day registration at their polling location when they go to cast their ballot.

To pre-register to vote before election day, students can go to Students will need to fill out an online form with their name, date of birth, Minneapolis address, email address and a state identification number from a driver’s license or their social security number.

Students can register to vote on election day at their polling location with proof of residency. Residency can be proven by providing posted mail with the resident’s name on it, a lease agreement, drivers license, utility bill or any official documents with the resident’s name and address on it.

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  • Suzanne
    Nov 7, 2022 at 11:31 am

    Today is the day before elections and the last day of early voting. If you live in Minneapolis you can vote in person today at five locations in Minneapolis until 5pm:

    Election day is Tuesday, November 8 and the polls are open from 7am to 8pm.

    Here are clarification regarding same day voter registration. If the address is not current on your drivers license or ID, there are specific documents that are allowed. The list may be found here: Here it is in a large nutshell.

    You need to pair up two items: a photo ID that shows who you are and a document that shows your name and current address.

    Here are the photo IDs that are allowed (the IDs can be expired).

    -Driver’s license, state ID or learner’s permit issued by any state
    -U.S. Passport
    -U.S. Military or Veteran ID
    -Tribal ID with name, signature and photo
    -Minnesota university, college or technical college ID
    -Minnesota high school ID

    Here are the list of documents that are allowed (can be shown on electronic device):

    Bill, account or start-of-service statement due or dated within 30
    days of the election for:
    –Phone, TV or internet
    –Solid waste, sewer, electric, gas or water
    –Banking or credit card
    –Rent or mortgage
    Residential lease or rent agreement valid through Election Day
    Current student fee statement

    Happy Voting!