2020 Student Voter Guide



IT DOESN'T MATTER if you’ve never voted before.
IT DOESN'T MATTER what political party you favor or even if you don’t favor one at all.
And IT DOESN'T MATTER if you’re not quite sure how it all works.
What MATTERS is that you vote.
And we want to make sure that YOU have the chance this fall.





Young voters are HALF of the voting population, making them a powerful political force.  ♦  Yet only 1 OUT OF 2 people aged 18-29 voted in the last presidential election.  ♦  In Michigan, the 2016 vote for the White House was decided by a mere 0.23% MARGIN.  ♦  The 2018 mid-term election saw a HISTORICALLY HIGH turnout among youth.  ♦  Today, 83% of young people believe they have the power to change the country.  ♦  60% feel like they’re part of a movement that will vote to express its views.  ♦  79% say the COVID-19 pandemic has helped them realize that politics impact their everyday lives. (CIRCLE, Tufts University, 2020)



Who Can Vote?

In order to participate in this election, you must:

  • Be 18 years of age before November 3, 2020
  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be a registered voter in the state where you will vote
  • Please note: each state has its own voter registration deadlines and residency requirements
  • Provide photo ID on Election Day (if voting in person)

If you are an international student or a permanent resident (green card holder), you are NOT eligible to vote, even if you may have received a voter registration card by mistake.


Where Should I Vote?

Many out-of-state students wonder whether they should vote in their home state or in the state where they go to school. The short answer is that the choice is legally yours. However, here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Michigan requires that you reside in the state at least 30 days before Election Day.
  • You can register in your home state or in the state where you go to school, but you may not register to vote in both states.
  • Registering in your home state often requires requesting and submitting an absentee ballot. Rules and deadlines for absentee voting vary state by state.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will where I register to vote affect my financial aid?

No, it will not. However, if you have scholarships that require residency in a particular state, make certain that registering out-of-state will not affect your scholarship. 

Q: Will where I register to vote affect if my parents can claim me on their taxes?

No, a parent can claim you on their taxes, no matter where you are registered.

Q: Will where I register to vote affect if I can be included on my parent's health insurance?

No, where you register will not affect your status on your parent's health insurance plan.


I am a student living in Michigan and want to vote here.

I am from another State and would like to vote there.

I am unable to vote because I am not a United States citizen.


Tuesday, November 3

from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

If you live on campus, your Polling Station (Precinct 3) is located at:



Voter Guides

Nonpartisan, state-specific voter guides to help you navigate key positions.

A one-stop-shop for personalized election information and non-partisan voter guides.

What's on Your Ballot?

View elections you will vote in with this sample ballot lookup tool. As "The Encyclopedia of American Politics," Ballotpedia also includes a number of other helpful features.

View a sample ballot for any precinct in the state for the upcoming election. Access other important Michigan voter information, as well.

Voting Apps

ActiVote provides you the tools to actively participate in our democracy!

MyVote Ballotpedia allows you to research the elections and candidates on your ballot, save your choices, and access important election information.


A nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.

An nonprofit fact-checking website that rates the accuracy of claims by elected officials and others on its "Truth-O-Meter."

A fact-checking website that allows members of the public to submit a claim, which researchers then investigate for legitimacy.

More Fact-Checkers

Exposes people to information and ideas from all sides of the political spectrum so they can better understand the world — and each other.

An "Internet Trust Tool" that tells you if a site is reliable as you browse online news. Based on nine criteria that check for credibility and transparency, the tool functions as an add-on to your favorite browser.

An iPhone app that helps you find the truth in American politics by bringing together the work of the three largest U.S. fact-checking organizations – the Washington Post, PolitiFact and FactCheck.org.


The Unity Project  | Norman Rockwell Museum

"The Unity Project is an art and civics initiative of the Norman Rockwell Museum and contemporary
illustrators that is dedicated to an inclusive America in which all voices are heard." NRM