Minnesota Secretary Of State - Student Study Abroad Toolkit
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Student Study Abroad Toolkit

Students studying abroad don’t have to miss out on making their voice heard in the 2024 election.


Voters abroad use a special process to get and return their ballot. For example, they can have an absentee ballot emailed to them wherever they are in the world.

The materials below are for communicating voting instructions to students studying abroad. You are welcome to customize these materials as you see fit.

We encourage students to apply for their ballot before they travel abroad.

Website for information

Citizens abroad voter information

How can students studying abroad apply for an absentee ballot? When can they apply? How and when do they return their ballot? Direct your students to this page to get these questions answered.

Link to online application

Online absentee ballot application for citizens abroad

This is the application students should fill out, ideally before they travel abroad. It can be completed any time during the calendar year — students do not need to wait till Fall to apply.

Downloadable handout

Factsheet for student orientation

This one-page document provides information about voter registration, absentee ballot application, and ballot completion and return. Post this document on your school’s website and include in any electronic or print manuals for students studying abroad.

Copy and paste the text from the factsheet directly into orientation manuals or on a website.

Email reminders

Emails to Students Studying Abroad

Send these short, time-specific email reminders to your students studying abroad. There are four emails for two elections: the Presidential Nomination Primary on March 5, 2024, and the General Election on November 5, 2024. Send an initial email for the Presidential Nomination Primary the week of December 26, 2023, and a reminder email for the week of January 29, 2024. Send an initial email for the General Election the week of August 26, 2024, and a reminder email the week of September 30, 2024. 


Students who have questions about the process of voting from abroad should contact their county election office