Welcome to Yale Votes
This website is a one-stop-shop for voter registration and polling information. We are here to help you with everything from registering to vote to ordering an absentee ballot. Whether you are a graduate student or an undergraduate, voting in Connecticut or absentee, you can clarify all of your voting questions on this website.
The few minutes it will take to get informed are worthwhile. Your vote matters — and not just in national elections. In 2018, 88 seats for state legislatures were decided by less than half of a percentage point. 16 of these races were decided by 10 votes or fewer, and two were decided by a single vote.
This website is updated as of 11/1/20 with relevant COVID information.
Here’s a brief guide to the website
SIGN UP FOR TURBOVOTE: It’s crucial to know where, when, and how you are going to vote well in advance of election dates. To help you be prepared, Yale has partnered with TurboVote, a powerful platform where you can register to vote, receive election reminders in states you are registered, and can request absentee ballots. TurboVote allows students to stay up-to-date with mobile reminders and provides students with resources helpful for voting. It takes two minutes to sign up. Take advantage of this amazing resource!
REGISTER TO VOTE: The first step to participate in elections is to register to vote. It is important to register well in advance of your local elections, as some states require you to register weeks ahead. As Yale students, you can register in Connecticut or in your home state. Follow the steps on Yale’s TurboVote Tool to register. You can also visit https://howto.vote/ to find specific guidelines and instructions on how to vote based on your particular state. Please visit Register to Vote for more information
CHECK YOUR REGISTRATION: If you have registered in the past, and aren’t sure if you are registered correctly, you can double-check your registration in Check Voter Registration.
VOTING IN CONNECTICUT: Planning to vote in Connecticut? Voting in Connecticut contains everything you need to know to do so.
VOTING OUT OF STATE: Voting Absentee/Out of State is your guide to voting as a resident of your home state. It contains a form to request an absentee ballot, which allows you to vote away from your designated polling location.
ELECTION REMINDERS: If you want to make sure that you’re aware of important deadlines and election dates, you can sign up for election reminders using the form in Election Reminders.
NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY: Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. The goal of National Voter Registration Day is to ensure that everybody is prepared and has the opportunity to vote. Celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of each September, National Voter Registration Day will take place this year on September 28th, 2021. To find out more information about how to get personally involved or for various resources on voter registration, visit https://nationalvoterregistrationday.org/
LEARN MORE ABOUT ‘THE CHALLENGE’: The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge is a national awards program which recognizes colleges and universities for their commitment to increasing student voting rates. The Challenge is meant for academic institutions to encourage their students to form habits of active and informed citizenship and make democratic participation a core value on their campus––Yale currently being one among hundreds of other higher educational institutions participating. To find out more about this challenge, visit: https://www.allinchallenge.org/
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