Student Life

Election Day is November 3, 2020

There are steps you need to take before then to raise your voice and cast your vote.

As the largest and most diverse generation alive right now, young people have a chance to make a real impact in our country if every eligible voter participates in elections.

Voting is an extremely important civic duty as a U.S. citizen, and whether you choose to do so in Washington or your home state, we want to ensure that all eligible voters in the UW community are able to cast their vote. Washington state voters vote by mail; other states vary. The links on this page will connect you with information so you can make sure you are ready to vote, no matter where you are.

Done! Now what?

Spread the word!

Use creative assets from the Huskies Vote toolkit to activate your community.

See the Toolkit

Help students vote

Connect with other members of the UW community to make sure Huskies vote on — or before — Election Day.

See how you can help

Learn more

See UW Libraries’ comprehensive Election 2020 information and resource hub.

Dive In

Your voting to-do’s

Step 1: Register to vote

Registering now ensures you can vote in the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday, November 3, 2020—along with elections for 35 of the 100 U.S. Senate seats, all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, and elections for state legislative and municipal officeholders across the nation. Please take action now to register to vote—and then vote!

Voter registration deadlines vary by state—but generally range from early to late October, so register ASAP. Find out your state’s deadline at

Register to Vote

Step 2: Plan how you’ll vote

Washington state voters vote by mail. A handful of other states also use a vote-by-mail system. In other states, you can vote in person or request an absentee ballot to vote by mail. The deadline to request an absentee/mail-in ballot varies by state. The U.S. Postal Service recommends that you budget extra time to request/return mail-in ballots, meaning you should act as soon as possible!

Absentee voting (a.k.a “mail-in voting” and “by-mail voting”) is conducted by mail-in paper ballot prior to the day of an election. If you can’t or don’t want to vote in-person, learn how you can request an absentee ballot.

See your options

Step 3: Get reminders

Sign up for email and text message reminders of upcoming voting news and deadlines.

Sign up for election reminders

Outreach toolkit

The assets below can help you get the word out and encourage your friends, loved ones, and communities to vote!

Hashtag: #HuskiesVote

Primary calls to action:

Social media assets

Download UW-themed graphics designed for social media platforms to encourage your communities to vote.

Facebook Graphics


Instagram Feed Graphics


Instagram Story Graphics


Twitter Graphics


Sample Posts

  • Did you know that the University of Washington has one of the highest voter participation rates of any college or university in the nation? Let’s continue this UW legacy of civic participation! Register to vote or update your voter registration today. Find what you need here: #HuskiesVote
  • Exercise some civic muscle and register to vote. Find what you need here: #HuskiesVote
  • Register to vote, update your registration or just check your voter registration status today. Find what you need here: #HuskiesVote
  • Hey Huskies! Are you registered to vote at your current address? Take two minutes to check your registration to make sure it’s up to date. Find what you need to register here: #HuskiesVote

Email assets

Download UW-themed graphics designed for emails and e-newsletters to encourage your communities to vote.

Email Graphics


Quick facts

These facts and tidbits are not only interesting, they may help compel you and those around you to be sure to vote.

Every Vote Counts

2018: The Democratic primary for Baltimore County executive in July was decided by just 17 votes.

2017: A Virginia House of Delegates race ended in a tie out of more than 23,000 votes cast. The tie was broken by pulling a name, placed in a film canister, out of a bowl. Republican David Yancey was declared the winner. The result was heightened by the fact that the win gave Republicans control of the state House by a single seat.

2016: A Vermont state Senate Democratic primary was determined by a single vote out of more than 7,400 cast.

2016: A Vermont state House seat was determined by one vote out of 2,000. Here’s what’s really crazy: This was a rematch, and when they first faced each other in 2010, the race was also decided by one vote — in the other direction.

2016: A New Mexico state House seat was decided by two votes out of almost 14,000.

2016: The margin on Election Day for a GOP primary for the U.S. House for the 5th Congressional seat from Arizona was just 16 votes, but it widened to 27 after a recount.

2016: A Wyoming state House GOP primary was decided by just one vote, 583 to 582.

2010: A state House race in Massachusetts ended in a tie, and the courts ordered a do-over. In the rerun, Republican Peter Durant wound up winning by just 56 votes out of about 8,000 cast.

2010: A state House race in Vermont was determined by one vote; another had a one-difference vote on Election Day, but was later widened to two).

2008: In the U.S. Senate race, Democrat Al Franken defeated Republican Norm Coleman by just 312 votes out of almost 2.9 million votes cast. Franken’s win gave Democrats a 60-vote supermajority in the Senate.

2008: An Alaska state House race was won by four votes out of 10,000.

2006: A Democratic primary for an Alaska state House seat was decided by a coin toss to break a tie. The winner, Bryce Edgmon, is currently speaker of the Alaska House.

2004: A special election in Radford, Va., for commonwealth’s attorney was decided by one vote.

2002: A tie for a county commissioner seat in Nevada was determined by drawing the highest card. Amazingly, both candidates drew a jack, but the Democrat drew a jack of spades, which beat out the Republican’s jack of diamonds.

2002: A GOP state House primary in Washington state was determined by one vote out of more than 11,000 cast. The person who lost had to wonder what might have been when one of his fellow police officers confided that he forgot to mail in his ballot. “He left his ballot on his kitchen counter and it never got sent out,” he said.

Voter rights guide

Know your rights as a voter: