The University of Minnesota encourages students, faculty, and staff to vote and participate in the democratic process. Abraham Lincoln described the United States government as “…Of the people, by the people, and for the people…”. And for our government to be of, by, and for the people, it requires that the people of Minnesota decide who will be their voice in Saint Paul and Washington, D.C.
The right to vote is not only an important liberty and obligation; it is a foundation of our government. Without voting and free and fair elections, democratic society would cease to exist.
With more than 200 million eligible voters in the United States, the 2012 elections are sure to be momentous. As millions of Americans sign a ballot for the first time and millions more return to their polling places to cast their votes again, there is a heightened sense of participation in the political process. Minnesota has a strong tradition of voter participation—the state consistently leads the nation in voter turnout. This participation is the bedrock of our state and nation, and of our democracy.
Elections in Minnesota take place at polling locations. These are organized geographically, and usually by the city precinct or township in which you live.
To find your polling place, visit pollfinder.sos.state.mn.us.
For more information, contact your county auditor’s office or your city or township clerk.