It might seem like the next presidential election is way in the future. But the fact is, it isn’t. Voting day is November 3, 2020, and the clock is ticking. If you are a college student who will be voting from campus, not from home, the time to plan how you will vote is NOW, not later.

Even if you think you will simply get an absentee ballot and vote from your permanent home address, you still have things to think about, and potential obstacles to overcome. You’ll have to consider questions like these . . .

  • What are the registration deadlines?
  • What are the deadlines for requesting and mailing an absentee ballot?
  • If I’ll be voting for the first time, do I register at school or at home?
  • What forms of ID do I need to register to vote?
  • What forms of ID do I need if I show up at the polls to vote in person?
  • Where and how do I vote?

To make it all more complicated, requirements and procedures can vary from state to state. But we have some good news for you . . .

The Campus Vote Project’s website answers all those questions and many more

The Campus Vote Project, an initiative of the nonprofit Fair Elections Center, is dedicated to the mission of making it easier for college students to vote.

The Website does a terrific job of making it easy for college students to find all the information they need. One tool is a  map of the United States. If you simply click on any state in the nation, you are taken to a State Student Guide that tells you what you need to know to vote there.

The Campus Vote Project’s website also gives information on how colleges can apply for the Voter Friendly Campus designation, which is awarded to colleges that have taken steps to make voting as simple and understandable as possible. The website also offers articles about student voting rights, information for students who are attending community colleges, and much more.

So the next time a student asks, “How will I vote from my campus?” you can feel relieved because you don’t need to know all the answers. You only need to know that the answers are available online from the Campus Vote Project.

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