For Voters

Your Vote Matters

All students at the University of Minnesota have the opportunity to govern the university. As an undergraduate, graduate, or professional student, you have the chance to affect real, tangible change at the University and in its diverse communities.

All-campus elections affect the lives of thousands of students. You are the most important person in this election: the voter.

Let your voice be heard!

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Candidate Information

Minnesota Student Association Seats Available

  • Minnesota Student Association President & Vice President (1)
  • Minnesota Student Association At-Large Representative (20)

Council of Graduate Students Seats Available

  • Council of Graduate Students President (1)
  • Council of Graduate Students Vice President (1)

Professional Student Government Seats Available

  • Professional Student Government President (1)
  • Professional Student Government Vice President (1)

Twin Cities Delegation of Student Senate Seats Available

Candidate Information for Voters

Referenda Information

What is a referendum?

A referendum is a statement requested by a registered student group that, if passed by the all-campus elections process, represents an opinion of the student body. Referenda pass if a majority of those who vote in the referendum vote in favor of the referendum; if a voter skips the question on the ballot, that is considered an abstention, which is neither for nor against the referendum. Passed referenda are not binding decisions on behalf of the University of Minnesota.

How does a referendum get on the ballot?

Student groups sponsoring a referendum first submit a form to the Commission requesting the referendum. The Commission works with the sponsoring student group to 1) format the language of the referendum such that voters vote either for or against the referendum, and 2) determine who will be eligible to vote for the referendum.

Once the Commission confirms the referendum's language and eligible voters, the sponsoring student group then collects at least 400 signatures (with names and Internet IDs) from currently enrolled University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus students. The signature indicates the signer is in favor of having the referendum appear on the ballot, not the signer's opinion for or against the referendum. Once the Commission verifies the signatures, the referendum appears on the ballot.

See Requesting a Referendum for more details on how a referendum is placed on the ballot. Please also reference Chapter 3 of the Election Rules.

Below are all referenda that will appear on the ballot:

Referenda Information for Voters

About the Organizations

Minnesota Student Organization (MSA)

MSA is the undergraduate student government at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. They advocate student interests to the Board of Regents, University administration, legislators, and more.

Council of Graduate Students (GOGS)

COGS is the student organization that represents, advocates for, informs, facilitates communications among, and supports all graduate students.

Professional Student Government (PSG)

PSG is the student government that represents professional students at the University of Minnesota. They strive to advocate important issues of professional students at all levels: collegiate, University, city, state, and national.

The Student Senate

The Student Senate is the University of Minnesota's internal governing body that represents all students across the five U of M campuses. The Senate works to ensure a student voice in system-wide University decisions of policy and process.