We've seen the news, watched the debates and been bombarded with ads, and Election Day is nearly here. Nov. 3 is the culmination of what is expected to be one of the highest voter turnouts in U.S. history.
Early voting methods have been utilized in record fashion due to a combination of the COVID-19 pandemic and energy for the presidential election, and IUPUI's Office of Community Engagement has assembled a collection of online voting resources for those who have yet to cast their ballot.
Here are some of the best resources to check out before going to the polls:
- Calendar of early voting options in Marion County.
- Know the wait times at polling locations in Marion County.
- Tips for helping to learn more about what's on your ballot.
- Check your polling location.
- Understand judicial retention questions.
"Research shows that voting is a habitual act," said Jennifer Boehm, assistant vice chancellor in the Office of Community Engagement. "If we can get people voting and engaged in the political process from a young age, they will continue to vote in the future. It has been a challenge with COVID-19, but fortunately we have several students who are very passionate about civics and have come up with some creative approaches to reaching students."
The Division of Student Affairs and the Multicultural Center has cancelled its March to the Polls event due to inclement weather. But free masks, buttons and early voter information will be available from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 on the first floor of the Campus Center.
IUPUI is committed to civic engagement and has been recognized nationwide for its student voting with the All In Campus Democracy Challenge Silver Seal, Voter Friendly Campus designation and being named one of Washington Monthly's Best Colleges for Student Voting.
In 2018, IUPUI had nearly 73 percent of its students registered to vote, and 52.6 percent of students voted. The university is looking to build upon those statistics by participating in the Ask Every Student initiative, which challenges campuses to reach 100 percent voter registration for students.