Did you know that 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.
In 2020 just half of eligible 18-29 year-olds voted, compared to 66% of the overall electorate. Many of the issues in national, state and local conversations have a direct impact on young people! If you are eligible to vote in the United States, please take a couple minutes to register to vote or update your registration to your current address. If you are not eligible to vote, there are many other ways you can be involved in civic engagement through public service, student activism and campus organizations.
Voting is a habit that holds our democracy together. 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 raise your voice and cast your vote in the upcoming local, state and federal elections, you need to be registered to vote at your current address. If you need to register for the first time or you moved since you last registered, you can update your registration right here. It only takes a few minutes.
Learn more about voter registration. Register to vote or update your registration in Washington state or your home state, and make a voting plan.
Visit this amazing non-partisan guide from the UW Libraries to stay up to date on news, polls, and voting rights and issues. While you're there, check out their guide on current candidates and issues.
Get the information you need for the state you’re registered in. You can also check your voter registration status and find out more about upcoming elections, including how to vote safely by mail.
Just under 15% of students at UW are international students, not to mention those under 18 or those who are undocumented. Although you might not be eligible to vote in the United States right now, there are still ways to make your voice heard. The Love Vote is a platform for the 50 million Americans who can’t vote (due to youth, citizenship, or disenfranchisement). Non-voters share stories and move others to vote on their behalf.
Read the University of Washigton's All in Campus Democracy Challenge Action Plan to increase nonpartisan student civic learning, political engagement and voter participation.
Use these social media assets to get the word out and encourage your friends, loved ones, and communities to participate in voting and elections!
Join a coalition of students, staff, faculty and community partners who are working to increase student voting rates and build an even stronger culture of civic and democratic engagement at the University of Washington.