Voting at MCAD

MCAD serves as a polling place for the 2014 general election. Residents of Minneapolis Ward 10, Precinct 9, may cast their ballots in the College Center (second floor) of the Main Building on Election Day. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Voting Eligibility

You are eligible to vote if you meet the following requirements:

  • You will be at least 18 years old on Election Day
  • You are a citizen of the United States
  • You have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
  • You have any felony conviction records discharged, expired, or completed
  • You are not under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights
  • You have not been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law

On-Campus Students

MCAD students who live in student housing, and who meet the above requirements, are eligible to vote on campus. If you have already registered to vote, no additional documentation is required for you to cast your ballot. On-campus students registering to vote on Election Day must bring their student IDs to do so.

Off-Campus Students

Students who do not live on campus, and who meet the above requirements, should find their voting locations by using the Minnesota Secretary of State’s polling place finder. Students who attend MCAD but do not live within Minneapolis Ward 10, Precinct 9, are not allowed to vote on campus. They need to vote at the polling place for the neighborhood in which they live.

Registering on Election Day

You can check if you are registered to vote using the Minnesota Secretary of State Voter Lookup.

On-campus students registering to vote on Election Day at MCAD need to bring their student IDs with them.

Off-campus students must bring one of the following with them in order to register on Election Day:

  • A valid Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, Minnesota ID card, or receipt for any of these
  • A Tribal ID card that contains your picture and signature
  • A valid registration in the same precinct under a different name or address
  • A notice of late registration sent to you by your county auditor or city clerk
  • A voter registered in the same precinct as you who can confirm your address with a signed oath
  • An employee of the residential facility where you live who can confirm your address with a signed oath
  • Both (1) a photo ID from the list below and (2) a current bill from the list below with your current name and address in the precinct

Identification Requirements

Photo IDs
(may be expired)

*Bills
(delivered electronically or by mail)

   

Minnesota Driver's License

Telephone (landline, cell, VOIP, etc.)

Minnesota ID Card

TV (cable, satellite, etc.)

United States Passport

Internet Services

United States Military ID Card

Electric

Tribal ID Card

Gas

Minnesota University, College, or Technical College ID Card

Solid Waste

 

Sewer Services

 

Water

 

**Rent statement

 

Student Fee statement

*utility bill due within 30 days of Election Day
**dated within 30 days of Election Day that itemizes utilities


Prohibition on Campaigning in the Polling Place

Because MCAD is a polling place, there are campaigning restrictions in effect on campus on Election Day. By law, anyone entering the Main Building may not wear T-shirts, buttons, or other clothing that displays political messages during the hours when voting is occurring. This also means no campaign materials or signs can be posted in or within 100 feet of the Main Building. The day before the election, staff will remove any election- and campaign-related materials posted in any public areas of the building or within 100 feet of the Main Building. We will post signs at the entrances to the building to remind people about the ban on campaign buttons or shirts. Election judges are also trained to politely ask people to remove political buttons or turn shirts inside out while voting.

State law also prohibits people from asking, soliciting, or attempting to persuade a voter about how to vote when inside a polling place. Students are also asked to be respectful of conversations and behavior that could be perceived as political in nature to ensure a neutral environment for voters.

 

For more information on the voting process, visit mnvotes.org or contact the student services office.