To learn more, visit the University of Delaware's Civic Engagement web page, published by the Office of Student Life. Also read about UD's national recognition for student voter rates in 2018, including a Gold Seal.
As Americans prepare for the 2020 general election on November 3, college students are facing an especially confusing and stressful election process in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have seen a historic rise in voter engagement among 18- to 29-year-olds since 2014, but many young first-time voters may lack access to information about how and where to vote in 2020.
Despite the challenges, UD students are making strides, increasing their voter registration rate by nearly 27% between 2014 and 2018. This year, UD ranks 12th out of 157 schools in Washington Monthly’s 2020 Best Colleges for Student Voting Honor Roll. To learn more, read UD student voters earn national recognition.
The University of Delaware is committed to helping students make their voices heard in 2020. To support UD's commitment to support voter engagement and civic life, the Office of Student Life offers a list of events and resources to students on its Civic Engagement web page:
- Use UD's TurboVote to sign up for voting reminders and get help with voter registration and voting by mail. Use How to Vote to find out what your state is doing to safeguard upcoming elections.
- Use this interactive voter map to find the latest updates due to COVID-19 pandemic.
- October 13 and 14—Watch Delaware Debates 2020 to learn where Delaware's candidates for governor and the U.S. House of Representatives stand on the issues.
- October 15, 22, and 29—Participate in the Economic Justice through Social Responsibility Summit.
- October 15—Attend ProUD: The Experience of LGBTQ+ Professionals in Higher Ed.
- October 28, November 11, and November 18—Attend a National Agenda program, featuring prominent political insiders, journalists, media figures, and more.
- Complete the U.S. Census. To learn more about the U.S. Census, visit UD Library's research guide.
- Get involved with your community! Learn more at UD's Community Engagement Initiative page.
- Visit UD Library's virtual exhibit, Trail to the Voting Booth, to explore American political ephemera dating back to 1775.
- Visit UD Library's virtual exhibit, Votes for Delaware Women, exploring Delaware’s part in the struggle to secure voting rights for all women 100 years ago.