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Civic Engagement and Voting

 

Civic Engagement is about recognizing and respecting our communities, taking strides to strengthen democracy and civil rights, and staying informed about the political and community-based processes that shape the world around us.

Student Resources

  • Am I Registered to Vote?


    This website allows you to check your voter registration status. Follow the link, click on the county in which you think you should be registered, and then enter your information on the login page. You do not need a Web ID to check your voter registration status.

  • Out-of-State Voting


    Out-of-state students can learn more about voting in their states on the NonProfit Vote website, which pulls official voting information directly from your state’s elections website.

  • Campus Vote Student Guide


    This guide provides information about voter registration uniquely tailored to college students (i.e., whether it affects financial aid, where your car is registered, etc.).

  • Ohio Online Voter Registration


    In Ohio, you can register to vote and/or update your address online. 

     

    If you have moved since you last registered to vote, or if you are registering to vote in Athens for the first time, you will need to fill out a new form. Students may choose to register and vote either at their home address or at their address in Athens. The Secretary of State website provides more detailed information.

  • Absentee Voting


    Absentee voting offers a safe and convenient option and allows you to vote in your community even when you are unable to vote in-person.

  • Nonpartisan Voter Protection Hotline


    If you run into issues voting on Election Day, such as getting turned away from the polls, there is a non-partisan hotline that can help you. The phone number is 1-866-OUR-VOTE, or 1-866-687-8683. Their website also has a variety of resources specifically for Ohio voters, including information on voter ID laws and polling locations.

  • Find My Elected Officials


    Learn how to find and contact your federal, state, and local elected leaders at usa.gov!

  • Help Staff Your Polling Place


    Our democracy depends on ordinary people who make sure elections run smoothly and everyone's vote is counted. You can make sure we have a safe, fair, efficient election for all. Sign up through this website.

  • Political Fact-Checking Resources


    There can be many lies and half-truths in politics. There are a variety of resources to help us easily fact-check information covered in the news and touted by politicians. You can check Politifact.com and FactCheck.org to review the veracity of political information.

Faculty Resources

  • Campus Election Engagement Project


    The Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) has compiled a host of informative resources, engaging videos, and other strategies and tools to promote voter engagement on campuses across the country.

  • Incorporating Election Engagement in Your Courses


    A collection of approaches faculty can use to embed election-engagement into their courses that help students to participate as informed voters.

  • How to Talk About Elections in Your Classroom


    This guide helps faculty interested in engaging student voters and facilitating productive conversations in the classroom. Read about why talking about elections during class is important.

  • Scholarly Articles on Student Activism


    A compilation of scholarly articles cover student activism over the years, including campus activism, allyship, understanding social movements, and more.

 

Contact your Elected Officials

Learn how to find and contact your federal, state, and local elected leaders on usa.gov!

 

Contact Your Elected Officials

How do I register to vote? Can I register online?

In Ohio, you can register to vote and/or update your address online at the Secretary of State website

If you have moved since you last registered to vote, or if you are registering to vote in Athens for the first time, you will need to fill out a new form. Students may choose to register and vote either at their home address or at their address in Athens.

How do I know if I’m already registered to vote?

You can check your voter registration status on the Ohio Secretary of State website. Follow the link, click on the county in which you think you should be registered, and then enter your information on the login page. You do not need a Web ID to check your voter registration status.

I have more questions about registering to vote. Where should I look for help?

The Ohio Secretary of State's website provides more detailed information about Voter Registration.

As a student, is there anything I need to know about registering to vote?

This guide provides information about voter registration uniquely tailored to college students (i.e., whether it affects financial aid, where your car is registered, etc.).

I’m from Out-of-State. Where can I learn more information?

Out-of-state students can learn more about voting in their states on the Nonprofit Vote website.

What if I can’t make it to the polls or don’t feel comfortable doing so on Election Day?

The Ohio Secretary of State website has all the information you need to know to request an absentee ballot in Ohio. Keep in mind that your request for an absentee ballot must be received by your county Board of Elections prior to election day.

Where can I learn who my current elected officials are?

Learn how to find and contact your federal, state, and local elected leaders on the usa.gov website!

What do I do if I have questions or issues at the polls on Election Day?

If you run into issues voting on Election Day, such as getting turned away from the polls, there is a non-partisan hotline that can help you. The phone number is 1-866-OUR-VOTE, or 1-866-687-8683. Their website also has a variety of resources specifically for Ohio voters, including information on voter ID laws and polling locations.

How can I get more involved in the voting process?

Help staff your polling place! America is facing a record shortage of poll workers. Our democracy depends on ordinary people who make sure elections run smoothly and everyone's vote is counted. You can make sure we have a safe, fair, efficient election for all. Sign up through the Power the Polls website.

Where should I go to fact-check politicians?

There can be many lies and half-truths in politics. There are a variety of resources to help us easily fact-check information covered in the news and touted by politicians. You can check Politifact.com and FactCheck.org to review the veracity of political information.