We encourage everyone to exercise your right to vote and to be engaged citizens in our political process. We also recognize the importance of both intellectual and emotional processing of elections, and we invite you to participate in activities that are of interest to you and that provide you with the support and information you need to care for yourself in the coming weeks and beyond. This website offers a central place to find information and activities for Election Day 2020.
deadline to register to vote in-person
encouraged deadline to submit an absentee or mail-in ballot
deadline to request an absentee or mail-in ballot
General Election Day!
Visit pa.gov for more information on Pennsylvania voting procedures and deadlines.
The Center for Political Participation is hosting weekly events on local, state, and federal elections and politics.
- October 29-30 (5-6 p.m.) and November 2-6 (5-6 p.m.): “Knotty Problems” Consultations. (Join via Google Meet.) A supportive and constructive space for faculty and staff to chat with each other about teaching during challenging times. Participants share classroom concerns and receive feedback from the other participants. Facilitators and specific event descriptions for each session can be found on the Faculty Development Events Calendar. Anyone interested in facilitating a session should email Director of Faculty Development, Catharina Coenen at email@example.com.
- Wednesday, November 4 (12:45 to 1:30 p.m.): The CPP will host a Quigley Town Hall on the Election. All are invited. Quigley Auditorium in-person capacity is limited to 25. Join via Google Meet
- Monday, October 12 (5 p.m.): Quigley Town Hall: What’s Your Voting Plan?
- Thursday, October 15 (7 p.m.): Dr. Christopher Towler, “The Politics of Sports: How Black Athletes Can Change the Game”
- Monday, October 19 (6 p.m.): PA-16th Congressional Forum (Join via Google Meet) and Candidate Forum for PA 6th Legislative District (Join via Google Meet)
- Tuesday, October 20: Quigley Town Hall: Civic Values and Public Discourse (Join via Google Meet)
- Thursday, October 22 (9 p.m.): Presidential Debate Watch Party and Discussion
- Monday, October 26 (7 p.m.): What Political Science Can Tell Us About the 2020 Election
In addition, watch My Allegheny for details about open discussion groups, panels hosted by the Political Science Department on What Political Science Can Tell Us About The 2020 Elections, Election Day transportation to voting locations, and post-election forums.
Community Check-In & Support Circles
The ability to connect with and support each other during challenging times is central to creating a community of mutual care and respect. Please join other Allegheny community members in creating a supportive nonpartisan space for students and employees to check in and connect through dialogue about the 2020 Elections on:
- Wednesday, November 4
- Thursday, November 5
- Friday, November 6
Join via Zoom or in person in front of the Campus Center.
When gathering in person, please remember to wear your face covering and to maintain appropriate physical distance from others.
Recognizing that this election year is surrounded by anxieties of the pandemic, systemic racism and social justice issues, and a strongly divided political landscape, the Counseling and Personal Development Center is offering:
- Virtual GatorCare events for the months of October and November. Please check out the CPDC social media accounts and website for more information.
- Faculty/Staff Yoga and Meditation — Tuesday, November 3 at 7 a.m. (virtually); and Student Yoga and Meditation — Tuesday, November 3 at 12:30 p.m. (virtually). Please look for more information in My Allegheny.
- Campus Community Mindfulness Walk — Wednesday, November 4 (time TBA). Please look for more information in My Allegheny.
- During the week of November 2, the CPDC will offer daily drop-in virtual hours (no appointment needed) for students. Please visit the CPDC website for more information.
- Weekly drop in consultation hours for faculty and staff starting Tuesday, October 13, 1:30–3:15 p.m. These hours will focus on managing stressful situations in the classroom, engaging in self-care, how to provide resources to students, and other questions that faculty and staff might have. If interested, please contact Trae Yeckley, Director of the CPDC, at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Google Meet link.
Election Day Events
Tuesday, November 3
8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Rides to the Polls
Large buses will meet students at the top of Brooks walk for rides to the three polling precincts, all day.
8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Get Out the Vote Activities
Sponsored by CPP, Rock the Vote, MitzVote, Andrew Goodman Foundation, Campus Vote Project
- Games, activities, prizes, cookies, t-shirts
- Electoral Map Contest (Download your own map and submit it to email@example.com or in person to win gift cards)
Election Returns Watch Party
The College has safety and security plans in the event that outside organizations may hold marches or demonstrations on or near campus.
As a reminder, the College has policies for: