Voting is an essential form of civic engagement. The Gephardt Institute facilitates this process by actively encouraging voter registration and participation in local, state, and national elections. Equally important to the voting process is the cultivation of informed citizens who know what they are voting about, and why. Learn about our goals and how we will achieve them in our Engage Democracy plan.
General Voting Information and Resources
Beyond the presidential election, ongoing participation in local elections is essential for making sure your voice counts.
- Students voting absentee in other states can check Vote411.org for nonpartisan information about local elections and learn what will be on the ballot based on their address.
- Show one form of identification, eligible under Missouri’s voter ID law
- WashU students can get free postage and envelopes to send election mail from the South 40, Village, and Lofts mail rooms, courtesy of the Gephardt Institute.
WashU Votes is a student organization that promotes voter engagement and education for undergraduates at WashU. By joining WashU Votes, students have the opportunity to expand civic engagement on campus while becoming more educated about issues facing our local, state, and federal communities.
Get Involved with WashU Votes
Any undergraduate student with an interest in civic engagement or civic education. Follow WashU Votes on Instagram (@washuvotes) for updates, or join WashU Votes on WUGO, and join the WashU Votes Slack.
Faculty Voter Engagement
Implementing voter engagement resources into the classroom is one way to increase student voter turnout. On this page, there are a variety of course resources including sample messaging to students, PowerPoint slides, Canvas reminders, and more.
General Voting FAQs
Have questions about voting? Click here to review many frequently asked voting questions.
Voter Education Videos
Learn more about voter registration and local polling places.
Want to get involved and support voter engagement?
- Join WashU Votes
Join our student-led volunteer efforts by completing our interest form and following us on Facebook.
- Attend Engage Democracy Steering Committee Meetings
Our steering committee includes faculty, staff, undergraduate students, and graduate students, and meets quarterly with staff from the Gephardt Institute. The committee’s role is to provide insights and recommendations on strategies to engage the entire campus community in activities, messages, and opportunities related to civic and voter engagement, and to equip our students with the skills needed to participate in a thriving democracy.
Post-2020 Election Resources
If you are looking for spaces to understand, process, or respond to the election, Washington University will offer a variety of post-election programming. Offerings include faculty resources guides, mental health resources, academic analysis events, post-election dialogues, and identity-focused processing spaces and much more. Please read on to explore the variety of options and find resources that align with your interests and needs.