Carnegie Mellon University

Your Votes Matter

Millennials and Gen Z represent the largest share of eligible voters in 2020; however, college-aged students have not been the largest share of the electorate in previous elections due to their low voting rates. It’s time to change that.

SLICE empowers students to meaningfully engage in civic discourse. Voting is a critical way to be civically involved with your community.

Resources for Faculty and Coaches  Resources for Students

Voter Resources

Are you eligible to vote?
Visit USA.gov to learn about eligibility requirements for voting in federal, state, and local elections.

Register to Vote Using TurboVote
TurboVote makes it easy to register to vote and request absentee ballots. It provides voter registration, absentee, and vote-by-mail info for all 50 states, as well as sends text and email reminders about registration deadlines, upcoming elections, and where to vote.
Know the Deadlines and Rules for Voting
Visit Vote.org to learn your specific deadlines for registering to vote and requesting mail or absentee ballots.
Get to Know Your Ballot
View your sample ballot. Ballotpedia connects people with politics by changing the way they access the information they need to be informed about federal, state, and local politics. Their content includes neutral, accurate, and verifiable information on government officials and the offices they hold, political issues and public policy, elections, candidates, and the influencers of politics.
Learn More About Your Candidates
The Campus Election Engagement Project creates nonpartisan, state-specific guides to help navigate key positions. They research salient voting records and what candidates say to different groups, not just what they say on their websites, so the guides are an antidote to political spin. Learn more about your national and local candidates.
Know Your Polling Place
To learn where your polling place is located, check out the Vote.org Polling Place Locator. Please make sure to check your polling place prior to election day - even if you live on campus, your polling place may be elsewhere.
Bring your ID card?
Every state has different voter ID rules. Vote Riders provides voter ID assistance so that every American can cast a ballot that counts. Visit VoteRiders.org's voter ID guide shares the latest information about what's required for voting in person or by mail.
Center of Disease Control Recommendations for Voters
There are steps you can take to help you vote and minimize your risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visits the CDC’s website for tips to protect yourself while voting in person.

Troubles with Voting?
For issues voting and ballot issues contact your local election officeLearn more about election protection.

Student Resources

Election Day FAQ: SLICE has prepared a document with frequently asked questions related to Election Day! Please use this document as your guide for navigating election day.

All In To Vote: Prepare your personal plan for Election Day.

College Elections Engagement Project (CEEP): Resources on voter engagement initiatives, voter education information, and non-partisan candidate guides. CEEP is a national nonpartisan project that helps administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders at America’s colleges and universities engage students in federal, state, and local elections.

Campus Vote Project: Creates state-based student voter guides and answers questions specific to college students such as, “Will registering to vote with my campus address affect my driver’s license or car registration?”

When We All Vote: Volunteer opportunities, voter engagement events, and resources on voter’s rights. A non-profit, nonpartisan organization whose mission is to increase participation in every election and close the race and age voting gaps by changing the culture around voting, harnessing grassroots energy, and using strategic partnerships to reach every American.

Resources for Faculty

Talking about Elections in Your Classroom: If you want students to vote, your best bet may be to facilitate classroom conversations that encourage their electoral participation. Campus Elections Engagement Project offers some reasons why election-related conversations in your classroom matter and provides suggestions on conducting them.

Incorporating Election Engagement into Your Courses: Much of campus election engagement happens outside the classroom, but because all students take courses, faculty members can play a key role. This resource from the Campus Elections Engagement Project offers some classroom approaches to help students participate as informed voters.

Join the Faculty Network for Student Voting Rights: The Network is comprised of a diverse group of faculty at all levels and at institutions throughout the United States. The Network invites any interested faculty, from teaching assistants and adjuncts to tenured professors, to join in founding nonpartisan national and state-level faculty networks to ensure student voting rights on and off-campus.

Teaching in Tumultuous Times: The Eberly Center describes several concrete strategies instructors can consider for how to approach class and support students around the election. For an individual consultation on applying these strategies to your particular course context, email eberly-ctr@andrew.cmu.edu.

Resources for Coaches

All In Campus Democracy Challenge: Provides information and a Voter Engagement Playbook to help coaches engage student-athletes in the voting process.

Athletic Departments & Student Electoral Engagement: A resource from Campus Elections Engagement Project providing a few ways your athletes and teams can influence other students to vote.