Encouraging Our Students to Register to Vote and Become Informed Voters

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

In accordance with the Higher Education Act, institutions of higher education must make a good faith effort to encourage voter registration and make information widely available to students. As the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming election is at the beginning of the month, reminders and non-partisan resources are being shared with our students and faculty.

Most recently, the following announcement was shared with students via Canvas:

The Countdown is On: Register to Vote By October 5

If you are 18 or older and haven’t registered to vote, Monday, October 5, 2020, is the deadline to register for the upcoming General Election in Florida. October 5 is also the deadline to update your registration if you’ve recently moved or changed your name.

On the Florida Department of State website, you can easily find out if you’re already registered and, if you’re not, you can register (or update your registration). It takes as little as 30 seconds to make sure you’re #VoteReady.

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Additional Information and Resources
Additionally, Valencia College librarians have created a LibGuide on “Becoming an Informed Voter” and are offering a one-hour workshop on Thursday, October 1, 2020, at 7 p.m. for students to learn about the voting process, discover how to evaluate candidates, explore local ballot initiatives and find out how to cast their ballots by mail or in person. Students who attend will receive a certificate of completion. For details visit the LibGuide.

For faculty, resources to help inform students about voting and how to research candidates is available on the Campus Election Engagement Project website.

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