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. You are the most important person in this election: the voter.
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:
- Your college of enrollment determines which student senators you can vote for; if you're enrolled in multiple colleges, you can vote in all colleges you're enrolled in.
- If you are an undergraduate student enrolled in a degree program in Carlson School of Management, you can vote in CSOM Business Board's elections.
- If you are an undergraduate student and pay the student service fee, you can vote in Minnesota Student Association's elections
- If you are a graduate student and pay the Council of Graduate Student fee, you can vote in Council of Graduate Student's elections.
- If you are a professional student and pay the Professional Student Government fee, you can vote in the Professional Student Government elections.
All-Campus Referenda Information
Referenda on the 2019 Ballot
The following referenda were requested and met the criteria listed in Election Rule 3.03a. Referenda do not appear on the ballot unless the listed referendum sponsor submits at least 400 valid signatures (see this memorandum for more information) from currently enrolled University of Minnesota Twin Cities students to ACEC by Friday, February 22 at 4:30pm.
The following questions will appear on the 2019 All-Campus Elections Ballot:
- "Should tenured faculty be held to the same standard as non-tenured faculty and staff when accused of sexual misconduct involving a student?" sponsored by Council of Graduate Students
- "In order to foster a more welcoming and inclusive climate on campus, should the University of Minnesota Police Department remove weapons of lethal force from the daily uniforms of their officers?" sponsored by Students for a Democratic Society
- "Should the University of Minnesota Board of Regents prioritize increased enrollment from underrepresented communities to reach parity with the demographics of the Twin Cities?" sponsored by Students for a Democratic Society
General Information on All-Campus Referenda
Who can vote in a referendum?
If someone is eligible to vote in an election facilitated by ACEC, 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 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 then determines if the submitted language is a "single, yes-no question that addresses one topic. The Commission reserves the right to determine the satisfaction of these three criteria for all requested referenda" (Election Rules 3.03a). Once the language meets these criteria, referendum sponsors must collect 400 signatures from currently enrolled University of Minnesota Twin Cities students; please see this memorandum for details. A signature indicates a student wants to have the referendum on the ballot, not the student's opinion for or against the referendum. Once the Commission verifies the signatures, the referendum will appear on the ballot.
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.