Information 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. The voter is the most important person in any election.
Let your voice be heard!
Which candidates can I vote for?
Your status as a student at the University of Minnesota determines which elections you can vote in:
- All students are eligible to vote in the Twin Cities' Delegation of the Student Senate's elections. Your primary college of enrollment determines which student senators you can vote for.
- You can vote in Minnesota Student Association's elections if you are an undergraduate student and pay the student service fee.
- You can vote in Council of Graduate Student's elections if you are a graduate student and pay the Council of Graduate Student fee.
- You can vote in the Professional Student Government elections if you are a professional student and pay the Professional Student Government fee.
All-Campus Referenda Information
General Information on All-Campus Referenda
Who can vote in a referendum?
If someone is eligible to vote in an election facilitated by Campus Elections, then they are eligible to vote in all referenda on the ballot.
What is a referendum?
A referendum is a statement requested by a registered student group that, if passed by the voters in the all-campus elections, 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.
Important Referendum Dates
- January 31 - Candidate and Referendum Filing Opens
- February 24 - Referendum Requests due at 11:59pm
- March 20 - Referendum Signature Packets Due at 4:00 PM
- March 27 - Rule 3.06 - Referendum Open Forum (location and time are undecided)
- April 8 - Financial Disclosures due by 4:00pm
About the Student Governance Organizations
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.
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 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.