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Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Getting Prepared for the November 3 Election

September 21, 2020
Debra S. Larson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Ann Schulte, Director, Civic Engagement
Elizabeth “Betsy” Boyd, Chair, Academic Senate

Colleagues, 

This announcement is intended to better prepare you and your students for the November 3 election!

The Student Civic and Voter Empowerment Act outlines expectations for voter outreach and education and below are several links to support these efforts. Please share the important dates and links below with your students.

Use this link to register to vote: https://registertovote.ca.gov/?t=s because Chico State is competing to get the most voter registrations in the College Ballot Bowl, as part of the California Students Vote Project. The California Election 2020 site has useful information like vote by mail FAQ (PDF), how to be a poll worker, and some election myths.

Faculty can consider how the items on the ballot impact their subject matter or field of study. For example, students in Recreation, Hospitality, and Parks Management might be concerned about local elections as those officials determine the recreation district board, and emergency orders to expand outdoor dining during a pandemic. Or they may want to research who is running for US Congress because they determine National Park funding and facilities. Faculty shared more ideas in last week’s Faculty Development Friday Forum (offered in collaboration with Civic Engagement) on “Vote Like Your Community Depends on It.” Check out the recording of the forum: https://media.csuchico.edu/media/1_yyqa3zp9.

Or, you might just offer your students resources to learn more about how to be prepared to vote by mail and track their ballot after they send it in. CalMatters, a non-partisan site offers this interactive tool to help voters decide how they might vote on the 12 state propositions. League of Women Voters offers 100 ways to get ready to vote.

Mark your calendars

September 22National Voter Registration Day

October 6:        Official Ballot Dropbox installed on campus

October 19:      Last Day to Register to Vote (If you do not register to vote by Oct. 19, you may conditionally register to vote and cast a provisional ballot by visiting your county elections office, a voter assistance center, or a designated satellite location up to and including, Election Day).

October 31:      Voter Assistance Center opens in the BMU through Election Day. 

  • Vote in-person
  • Drop off your ballot
  • Get a replacement ballot
  • Vote using an accessible voting machine
  • Get help and voting material in multiple languages
  • Students not in Butte County may be directed to Where and How to Vote

November 3:    ELECTION DAY