By Shaun Keeley, Campus Life Director
September 22, 2020, is National Voter Registration Day! Voting is one of the most civic-minded tasks you can do. Your vote is your way of indicating who and what values and ideals you want to see in your representatives.
With the 2020 Election coming around the corner, here are some key election dates to keep in mind:
- Online voter registration is open through October 13th. After that, you can register to vote on Election Day at your polling place.
- Early voting is currently open in Minnesota! You can do so by mail or in-person – for more information, visit the State of Minnesota Early Voting Page
- If you plan to vote by mail, request your ballot as soon as possible. This will give you enough time to mail it back in. To best ensure that your ballot is received by election authorities on time, you’ll want to mail it back in no later than mid-October.
- The absolute last day to send back in your mail-in ballot is November 2nd.
- Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd.
As you prepare to use your political voice through your vote, you’ll need to be registered to vote. To register to vote, online is the way to go! It takes 5-10 minutes, and you can do so right from our Cyclone Voter Hub. You can also register on Election Day at your polling place. To do that, you’ll need:
- Photo ID (Driver’s license, U.S. passport, U.S. military/veteran’s ID, SCTCC ID card, etc.) AND
- Proof of residence (Driver’s license, utilities bill from October, student fee statement, lease/rental agreement, etc.)
If you are already registered to vote before Election Day, you do not need to bring any ID (or anything else) with you to vote.
Lastly, what can you expect on Election Day (November 3rd)? What does it look like? When can you go? Where do you go? Here are some pointers that can make Election Day a little easier for you:
- Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. on November 3rd. As long as you are in line by 8:00 p.m., you must be allowed to vote.
- Your ballot will have a lot of different political offices to vote for, not just the ones you see or hear about all the time. It is always a good idea to research what positions are available to vote for in your area so you can be most informed about who you want to vote for.
- To find your polling place or see what’s on your ballot before Election Day, visit the Cyclone Voter Hub!
- Your vote is completely secret; you don’t sign your name or have to show anyone your ballot. The only way someone will know who you voted for is if you tell them.
- Voting is kind of like those “fill in the bubble” tests. You will fill in the bubble of the candidate you are voting for; no need to remember names or worry about your handwriting being tough to read!
Check out our Cyclone Voter Hub, and watch that space for future videos and information voting related that can help make voting in the 2020 Election go smoothly for you!