Voter registration forms made widely available and provided to each enrolled student.
Each institution must:
- Make a good faith effort to distribute a mail voter registration form(for federal elections and state elections for governor or other State chief executive) to each student enrolled in a degree or certificate program and physically in attendance at the institution and
- Request the forms form the state 120 days prior to the deadline for registering to vote within the state
An institution will be considered to be in compliance with the distribution requirement fi the institution to be in compliance with the distribution requirement if the institution electronically distributes the voter registration form or an internet address where such a form can be downloaded.
The information must be in an electronic message devoted exclusively to voter registration. This requirement does not apply to institutions in states that do not have a voter registration requirement or that allow voters to register at the time of voting.
Ridgewater College encourages all students and staff to be active participants in exercising their right to vote in local, state, and national elections, if they are eligible to vote. Voter Registration Forms are available at the student senate office. In addition, Student Senate promotes an annual voter registration drive.
Minnesota is a state that is covered by section 4(b) of the National Voter Registration Act (42 U.S.C. 1973gg-2(b) which permits eligible voters to register at their polling place on the Election Day.
Where Do I Vote?
Generally you vote in the neighborhood where you live. You may call your county auditor or city clerk's office for the address of your polling place. If you recently registered to vote (see "How Do I Vote"), you will receive a post card that tells you the location of your polling place. You can also look up your polling place location on the Secretary of State's website http://www.sos.state.mn.us. Select "Elections and Voting" and then "Election Day Voting" followed by "Where do I vote?"
How Do I Vote?
- Register to vote.
- Go to your polling place on Election Day. An election judge will check if you're on the list of voters and, if so, have you sign the list. Then you'll get a ballot. If you can't go to your polling place on Election Day, you can apply for an absentee ballot.
- Vote! The election judges will show you the process for marking and depositing your ballot in the ballot box. They also will help you read or mark the ballot if you need assistance.
Regarding Voter Registration
Before you can vote, you need to be on the official list of voters. This is called being "registered." You need to register if you just became eligible to vote, moved, changed your name or haven't voted in the last four years. The easiest way to register is by filling out a voter registration card and mailing or dropping it off at your city clerk, county auditor or the secretary of state's office. When you fill out the card, remember that you can only vote where you live. If you are a student living at school, you can choose whether to register at home or at school but not both!
Where Can I Get A Voter Registration Card?
- At state, county, or city offices and public libraries
- Where you apply for, renew, or change your Minnesota Driver License or ID card
- In state income tax booklets from the registrar's office or student association at colleges, universities and technical schools
- At many businesses, stores, and community groups
- From the government pages of most phone books
- Secretary of State website at www.sos.state.mn.us
Can I Register On Election Day?
If you miss registering before election day, you can still register on election day at your polling place. You will need proof of your identity and the address where you are living on election day. Use one of these for proof:
A current Minnesota Driver's License, learner permit or identification card (or receipt for a new one) with your address.