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 elections 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.
Here’s a brief guide to the website:
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 New Haven or in your home state. You can be registered to vote in two places, but can only vote in one. Fill out the form on this tab to register.
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 this tab.
VOTING IN NEW HAVEN: Planning to vote in New Haven, as a Connecticut resident? This tab contains everything you need to know to do so.
VOTING OUT OF STATE: This tab 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 this tab.
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!
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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