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.

Mail-in Voting Process

Learn the process for mail-in voting in Missouri and find a guide for assisting with absentee and mail-in voting for non-Missouri voters. Read the FAQ.

Danforth Campus Notaries


Learn where you should register to vote this semester, how to vote if you’re sent home early or sick or quarantined on election day, and more. Read the FAQ.

School of Medicine Notaries

On-Campus Polling

There will be a polling location in the field house at the Athletics Complex on Election Day. This is a convenient resource for all undergraduate and graduate students who are St. Louis County voters, and all university employees who are St. Louis County voters and already authorized to be on campus on Election Day. Daily self-screening and face masks will be required.  

Additional 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
  • Sign up for a time slot to get your ballot notarized on the Danforth Campus or the Medical Campus
  • 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.

If you have any questions, please email us: or drop in to our virtual open hours.

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.

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 Election Resources

Stay engaged and informed through the information and resources shared on our post-election resource page.