Cyclones Voter Hub

 

Welcome to SCTCC’s Student Voter Hub. It’s your one-stop place for information on registering to vote, mail-in ballots, voting videos, civic responsibility, and everything voter related. Watch this page for upcoming voter related videos, activities, and more.

Want to check if you’re registered to vote? Enter your address below to use LeadMN’s Election Center tool to check the status of your voter registration.


You can also register to vote on Election Day at your polling place!

Important 2020 Election Dates for Minnesotans:

September 17th: Constitution and Citizenship Day

September 18th: Early voting begins in Minnesota

September 22nd: National Voter Registration Day

October 13th: Pre-Election Day online registration for voting closes

November 2nd: Mail-in ballot request deadline

November 3rd: Election Day 2020


Voter How-To Videos

Find Your Polling Place thumbnail photo

Finding Your Polling Place

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What's On My Ballot?

Mail-In Ballot how to

Mail-In Ballots

Last minute tips for voting

Last Minute Voting Tips

2020 Election FAQ


Your vote is your voice. From the presidential level all the way to local offices and candidates, voting is your way of indicating who and what you want to see out of your representatives. We all hold a civic responsibility to ourselves and each other to vote and let our voices be heard through that vote as we indicate the ideals, values, and efforts that best represent what we are looking for in our leaders; locally, statewide, and nationally.

First off, congratulations on voting for the first time! Voting is one of the most civic-minded tasks we do, and taking that on for the first time can be a little intimidating. Here are some key links to be aware of to help you know where to go and what you’re voting for:

You can also find these links at the top of this webpage.

No. You must either vote in-person on November 3rd at your designated polling place, or request a mail-in ballot to vote by mail. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is November 2nd, but to be safe you may want to have your request in by the middle of October to give you plenty of time to return the ballot.

To be eligible to vote in Minnesota, you must be:

  • A U.S. Citizen
  • At least 18 years old on Election Day
  • A resident of Minnesota for 20 days leading up to the election
  • If previously convicted of a felony, you must have completed or have been discharged from your sentence
  • Not be found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote
  • Not be under a court-ordered guardianship in which your right to vote has been revoked

If you are currently registered to vote in Minnesota, you do not need to show an ID at your polling place to vote in-person.

If you are registering to vote on Election Day, you will need to bring BOTH a photo ID and proof of residence to vote. Examples of the photo ID include:

  • Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, or state issued ID
  • Out-of-state driver’s license or ID
  • US passport
  • US military or Veteran’s ID
  • Tribal ID with name, signature and photo
  • Minnesota university or college (including SCTCC) ID card

Examples of the proof of residence include:

  • Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, or state issued ID
  • Current residential lease or rental agreement that is valid through at least Election Day
  • Current student fee statement
  • A bill for utilities (Water, electric, gas, etc.), banking, phone, TV, internet, or rent that is dated within the 30 days prior to the election

You can show your approved document from your phone. The best option is if you currently have a Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit or state issued ID card, as it covers both components of registering.

No. Minnesota does not have political party registration. You will not be asked to declare which party you are affiliated with when you register to vote.

Yes. You are required to re-register to vote any time your name changes, so you will want to fill out the registration form.

Polling places in Minnesota are open from 7am – 8pm. As long as you are in line by 8pm at your polling place, you cannot be turned away and are allowed to still vote.

No. Any registered voter in Minnesota may apply for and receive a mail-in ballot (sometimes called absentee ballot) to vote.

Yes. Your personal information is protected when you vote. The information is encrypted and ensured to be safe, even after the election. No one will have access to your personal information or who you voted for. For more information on the integrity of your information and elections in general, visit this page.

Yes, you are allowed to go vote in-person even if you requested a mail-in ballot. As long you have not sent your completed mail-in ballot back, you can go vote in-person on Election Day.

If you have sent in a completed mail-in ballot, but have changed your mind and wish to go vote in-person, you must contact your local election office by October 20th. After October 20th, your completed mail-in ballot cannot be cancelled.


2020 Election Links

Minnesota Secretary of State Elections and Voting

Find your local Election Office

In-Person Early Voting

How to become an election poll worker

Pledge to vote


Constitution Day

Constitution Day is celebrated every year on September 17th in recognition of the adoption of the Constitution of the United States, along with those who have become U.S. citizens, either by naturalization or by coming of age. Watch the video below and check out the accompanying links to learn more about Constitution Day and how it came to be.

History of Constitution Day

Library of Congress Documents on the Formation of Constitution Day

Online Programming and Resources about Constitution Day

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fg2aQuSkDNs&feature=youtu.be


2020 Census

There’s still time to fill out your 2020 Census. The Census impacts how much money is allocated to our regions for public utilities and services, how many representatives we have in government at the state and national level, and is our snapshot of the country every 10 years. Everyone counts, so visit this page to fill out your 2020 Census!