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Civic Engagement

Voting as a Vassar College Student

In order to participate in the November 2020 election, you must be a registered voter. As a college student, you have the option of voting at a permanent location or as a resident of Poughkeepsie, NY through your residence on the College campus. If you are previously registered at home and want to switch voting locations to Poughkeepsie, you must complete the attached form to register to vote here. Students living in TAs, THs, and Socos all change their voting district and must re-register if they want to vote easily in the fall election. The registration form may be picked up and dropped off in the locked drop box at College Center and it will be delivered to the area Registrar of Voters. We will be periodically clearing the box. The last date to register for the election is October 9, but we advise that you complete as soon as possible if you are interested in voting here. We will also review this material at a Zoom meeting at 3:15pm on Friday, August 28. If you previously registered at home and do not want to change, you do not need to do anything. If you never registered at your home address but want that to be your voting location, you may access Turbo Vote and register through that system. You may not use Turbo Vote to register as a Poughkeepsie voter.

Voting in your home district

You must request and return an absentee ballot to be counted as a voter. Each State has different rules for this and Vassar will be assigning a voting adviser by House to assist if you need any help.

Voting at Vassar

You may vote by absentee ballot in New York State. As the semester continues, you will receive more information about voting and the options available to you from your dorm voting adviser if you are registered here.

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The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Fellows are nominated by their president or chancellor on the basis of their potential for public leadership. Learn more here.