Requesting a Campus Election

Utilizing Campus Elections

Any registered student group, college board, or recognized student government association can facilitate their elections or referendum through Campus Elections. By utilizing Campus Elections for your elections, you promise to those represented and impacted by your group that their voice matters, and that their leadership represents them. By requesting a referendum, you ask for members of the student body to share their opinions.

If you have questions about your election or referenda, please contact the Campus Elections Team at

Referendum Requests

Referendum are statements requested by a registered student group that, if passed through the Election Rules, represent an opinion of the student body. Voters vote either in favor or against referendum, and the language of referendum must be formatted to reflect this choice.

Passed referendum are not binding decisions on behalf of the University of Minnesota.

Any currently registered student group at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities may request that referendum be placed on the All-Campus Elections ballot. The Campus Elections Team uses a request form that gathers the language of the referendum and which group is the referendum sponsor.

Contact for more details.

See Chapter 3 of the 2021-22 Rules for more information.

Steps for Referendum Request

  1. Complete and submit the Referendum Request Form, linked here: Referendum Request Form

  2. The Campus Elections Team will reach out to the form submitter to further discuss the referendum. They will establish a primary contact for your student group. The Campus Elections Team may also have you revise the language of the referendum for clarity. Remember that a referendum must be a single, yes-no question that addresses one topic.

  3. Once your group has met with the the Campus Elections Team, the Commission will give you a digital signature endorsement form. You must collect 1000 signatures from currently-enrolled U of M students (name, Internet ID, signature, date).

  4. Once the Campus Elections Team confirms that the minimum signature requirement has been met, the referendum sponsor must send at least two officers, or their designees, to an open forum hosted by Campus Elections for the public to discuss the referendum. The Campus Elections Team will determine logistics with the referendum sponsor, and will promote the event no later than one week before Voting opens.

  5. Only after all referendum requirements have been met (as specified in Chapter 3 of the All-Campus Election Rules) will a referendum be certified by the Campus Elections Team to appear on the All-Campus Elections ballot.

Voting Requests

As the starting point for your election, two officers of your group are required to have a voting request meeting with the Campus Elections Team. At the voting request meeting the Campus Elections Team will collect information about how you want to facilitate your election. This includes information about what positions are available, who your voters are, who is eligible to run in your elections, how votes should be tallied and how ties should be broken, and any additional processes you have for your elections.

Contact the Campus Elections Team at for more details.

See Chapter 2 of the 2021-22 Rules for more information.

Steps for Voting Request

1. Contact for details.

2. The Campus Elections Team will reach out to you to schedule a meeting to discuss your voting request.

Please bring to this meeting:

      • A copy of your group’s constitution and by-laws

      • One member of your organization who can serve as an Elections Liaison (i.e., not running for election, no perceived or actual conflict of interest) on the Campus Elections Team.

      • An officer of the group

3. After the meeting, the Campus Elections Team will set up all the necessary forms and documents for your election.