Undergraduate Academic Affairs

October 21, 2020

Dear Students: Voting is a habit that holds our democracy together

Undergraduate Academic Affairs

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Voting is a habit that holds our democracy together.

The University of Washington has one of the highest voter participation rates of any college or university in the nation. This legacy of civic participation — that #HuskiesVote — is something we can all be proud of. And it’s something we can continue.

If you are eligible to vote make sure that your voter registration status is up-to-date so you are ready to vote in the upcoming November 2020 election.

Important dates

October 26, 2020

Deadline for online voter registration in Washington state.
NOTE: Deadlines and processes vary from state to state, so it is wise to register as soon as you can. Check the voting resources page for deadlines in other states.

November 3, 2020

Election Day

In Washington state, your ballot must be in a ballot box before 8 p.m. on November 3 or postmarked on or before November 3.

This November, you have the chance to vote for the president, governor and local officials as well as ballot initiatives — all of which are important decisions that impact your life. Voting is a way you can use your civic voice; we encourage you to use it. But first: You need to register.

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. In order to make sure that you can vote in the upcoming local, state and federal elections, you need to be registered to vote at your current address.

Please take five minutes and register here

Let’s exercise some civic muscle and vote. #HuskiesVote

Additional resources

Voting Resources: Check your voter registration status and find out more about upcoming elections, including how to vote safely by mail. If you are residing in another state, this website has information about voting in each state.

Huskies Vote: Get step-by-step guidance on how to vote and how you can help others vote.

Do you need in-person assistance or did you miss the registration deadline?

Come to the Vote Center at the Dempsey Indoor Center. It will be open Saturday, October 31, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Monday, November 2, 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; and Tuesday, November 3, 8:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m. You’ll be able to register for the first time or update your registration, get a replacement ballot if you need one, or use an accessible voting unit if you have a disability and would prefer an audio ballot, touchscreen or other adaptive equipment. Public health precautions will be in place and wearing a face covering will be required.

This post is an edited compilation of a couple messages sent to students at UW’s Seattle campus to encourage them to register to vote and vote because civic engagement is an important component to a UW education.