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!
Information about positions open to elections and candidates who are running for those positions will be posted here during Spring semester prior to the Election.
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 1000 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.
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.