The College Student’s Guide to Voting

We’re fast approaching one of the most highly publicized presidential elections in history, and you get to be a part of it! Why vote? As a student and a citizen, it’s important that your voice is heard.

Statistics show that 42% of 18 – 24 year olds said they were registered to vote in 2014 – the lowest it’s been in 40 years! Student votes matter, but unfortunately many young citizens skip out on this important right simply because they don’t understand what they need to do.

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How to Register

If you’re not sure whether or not you’ve registered, you can check your status here.

Not registered? No worries, you may still have time. You can check the voter registration deadline for your state here. Take action now before it’s too late!

Filling out a voter registration form is a simple step, and it’s all you need to do! The forms for your state can be found here, and these will just require you to provide your basic information and your political party. If you’re not comfortable declaring a party, don’t sweat it! You can opt to register as an independent instead.

Once you’ve filled out the form, you can either mail it or hand deliver it to your County Commissioner of Registration or Superintendent of Elections.

 

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How to Vote

The most important part of voting is doing your research. Take a look at where each candidate stands on different issues, and make sure to check your sources! When it comes to something as big as electing our new leader, you’ll want to make sure you have the best information.

Once you’re confident in your candidate, get ready to head to the polls on November 8th! Many first time voters are required to bring a photo ID, so keep that on hand just in case. This can include your drivers license, passport, or student ID. It’s also useful to know your district number when you head over to vote, so you can skip the info desk and head straight to your polling station.

 

Absentee Ballot

Not everyone can make it to the polls on Election Day, but that doesn’t mean they don’t get the right to vote! An absentee ballot allows you to cast your vote by mail if you’re unavailable on Election Day. Out-of-state students, there’s no excuse now! Learn more about absentee ballots here.

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Do you have any more questions about the voting process? Leave your questions in the comments below and we’d be happy to help!

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  1. Jose Cortez says:

    I believe its on Civic Duty and Civic Responsibility to register to vote and VOTE. We as young adults and the future of our generation need to be aware and participate.

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