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.

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 for nonpartisan information about local elections and learn what will be on the ballot based on
    their address.
  • Register as a voter or update your address at 
  • Show one form of identification, eligible under Missouri’s voter ID law

If you have any questions, please email us:

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.

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View different options for integrating election content into your courses, and join a growing network of faculty and departments that have committed to becoming academic hubs.