How do I register to vote?
Eligible students have lots of options to vote.
- Students should check their eligibility to vote.
- Living on campus? It can be confusing to know which address to use. Washington's Secretary of State, Kim Wyman, has a good list of helpful information you should review.
- Not registered in Washington State? There are ways for you to still cast your ballot!
Can I request an accommodation?
Yes! Voters who have a disability or need assistance, can request an accessible voter's pamphlet, accessible voting unit, and more.
Can I vote if I was convicted of a felony?
If you were convicted of a felony in a Washington State Court, your right to vote is restored automatically once you are no longer under the authority of the DOC. For questions, please call 800-430-9674. If you were convicted of a felony in a different state, or are not a resident of Washington State, please consult with your Secretary of State's office.
I have other questions...
Find answers to frequently asked questions about voting. If you don't see an answer to your questions, reach out to Secretary Wyman's office.
Student Voter Engagement Hub
The Voting Opportunities Through Education Act (VOTE) is a new law in Washington State with a goal of increasing voter engagement among our youth and our college students. The Evergreen community will be able to safely access a printer and computer station to print their ballot and turn in their ballot on site. Thanks to a grant from the Thurston County Auditor's office, our voter hub will be staffed by student employees. Many thanks to the Geoduck Student Union, WashPIRG, and Evergreen Student Civic Engagement Institution (ESCEI) student mentors for their help and support with the voter hub.
Resources for Faculty & Staff
It is not uncommon for our experiences in the world to collide with our engagement on campus. As we get closer to election day, you may find your conversations in classes and meetings turn towards uncomfortable political topics. Keep reading for ideas, support, and resources!
Can I ask my students in my program to not talk politics?
This is tricky. Our students have constitutional rights that guarantee their freedom of speech and right to assemble. As a faculty member, you have rights too, and a responsibility to foster an inclusive, welcoming environment. As such, you can use your syllabus to outline class expectations, encourage strong participation when creating your community agreements, and model civil dialogue through your own actions and words. Please do be aware that your community agreements do not have legal standing, they are expectations that can be clarified by you with a student. If a student does not comply with your discussion and clear guidelines, a student can be referred to the student conduct process governed by our Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities.
Can I tell my students not to use partisan images and backgrounds in their zoom videos?
No. This type of content falls under the protections of the First Amendment and our free speech policy. That said, you, as a state employee are governed by regulations that limit your ability to use state resources to advocate for a particular politician or political issue.
Our office for Student Rights & Responsibilities and Human Resources are also great resources for understanding how to help hold each other accountable using the Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities, collective bargaining agreements, and college policies.
Can I tell my students not to wear clothing, pins, masks, or hats deemed political?
Same answer as above. Student expression (through their Zoom accounts, backgrounds, clothing, speech) is not protected if it:
- Constitutes a genuine threat or harassment
- Incites imminent violence
- Unjustifiably invades substantial privacy or confidentiality interests
- Falsely defames a specific individual
- Drowns out others engaged in protected speech
How do I know if there has been a violation of the code?
If you are not sure whether there is a genuine threat or harassment taking place, please review our student rights and responsibilities. If a behavior is problematic but does not rise to the level of a code violation, it is your responsibility to document the behavior, provide a warning, and clarify your expectations. Continued behavior concerns may be referred to Lori Johnson. If political speech causes conflict between you and your students, or between students in your course or program, please contact the CARE team.
I have students who are ineligible to vote, but want to participate in civic engagement. What can I encourage them to do?
Voting is one way to be civically engaged, but it is not the only!
Civic Engagement is defined in one sense by the American Psychological Association as: "Individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern...It can include efforts to directly address an issue, work with others in a community to solve a problem, or interact with institutions of representative democracy."
Our students can volunteer in the community, actively participate in events, engage in letter writing and phone banking, form clubs and organizations, participate in student governance and more. Evergreen's Center for Community Based Learning and Action (CCBLA) is a great place to get connected.
Where can I turn in my ballot?
We have two options on campus to support you! A permanent ballot return box is located in the bus loop near Red Square. You are also welcome to use the temporary ballot box at the Student Voter Engagement Hub.
I am concerned about the day after the elections. What can I do?
No matter the outcome, the day after the elections can bring mixed emotions, anxiety, celebration, fear, joy, and uncertainty. The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities has a digital guidebook that may be of use to you as you navigate supporting our community.
There are many resources available to support you in the classroom and in the office! Here are a few...
- Supporting our Campuses in Politically Fraught Times
- Helping Students Deal with the Political Outcome
- Preparing to Teach about the 2020 Election
Need a Break?
Our news feeds and media sources can overwhelm us with images and text on campaigns, elections, politics, and more. Sometimes it is good to take a break! The following list of opportunities invite you to be in community spaces free from politics. Thank you to Chaplain Bennett for partnering with Student Wellness services and First Peoples, Multicultural, Trans & Queer Student Services to bring us these programs!
- Daily Mindfulness Practice @ Noon. Ten minutes to breathe together and rest. Zoom ID 539 848 1581
More to come...
This resource is a living guide, continuously being updated as we receive community feedback and new information. Check back regularly for updates!
The Elections 2020 Time Limited Committee (TLC) is a cross-divisional group of students, staff, and faculty. We welcome feedback and suggestions as we work to support our community this election season. Contact us via email for more information!
- Elizabeth Williamson, dean
- Jeannette Smith, staff
- Kris Hill, staff/student
- Melissa Bennett, staff
- Lori Blewett, faculty
- Lori Johnson, staff
- Rainy Westrom, student
- Sue Feldman, faculty