Register to Vote: Your Student Life for the week of 9/27/20

September 27, 2020

Hey Buckeyes! Did you know that as long you were born on or before November 3, 2002 you’re of voting age for this November’s general election? OSU Votes wants to make sure that you have everything you need to make sure that happens.

The voter turnout for the 2016 Presidential Election at Ohio State was 59%. This means that just over half of eligible student voters cast their ballot in 2016. OSU Votes wants to increase that number by making sure students have access to the information they need to make sure that they are registered, and have a plan, on how to vote this November.    

If this thought of making your voice heard in an election where one in 10 eligible voters will be members of Gen Z and Millennials will match or outnumber Baby Boomers isn’t motivation enough, Ohio State will once again compete with the other schools in the Big 10 Voting Challenge. We are competing for highest eligible voter turnout rate and the school with the most improved voter turnout from the 2016 presidential elections

We know that voting in a pandemic can seem intimidating, but there are plenty of ways to still exercise your right to vote safely. Polling locations are social distancing, and you can always vote by mail. For more information on how to vote safely this fall, check out go.osu.edu/osuvotes or follow us at @OSUVotes on Instagram and @OSU_Votes on twitter. Some things to pay attention to:       

  • Make sure you are registered! The voter registration deadline for the state of Ohio is Monday, October 5, 2020
  • If you are an Ohio resident and have an Ohio Driver License or Ohio ID Card you can register to vote or update your address online by visiting voteohio.gov
  • If you are experiencing issues with the online voter registration tool through the Secretary of States website, know that you can always fill out a paper voter registration form, or update your address through the online Ohio BMV system first
  • No Ohio drivers license? No problem! OSU Votes has made voter registration forms available at Residence Halls, the Student Life Multicultural Center, the Ohio Union Information Desk, the KBK Resource Room and the Hale Black Cultural Center. For more information about the drop box locations visit go.osu.edu/osuvotes
  • Want to register in your home state? Check out osu.turbovote.org

Ohio State’s motto is “Education for Citizenship,” and there is no better way to live this motto than by making a plan to vote this November.

A.J. Johnson

Coordinator, Service and Outreach
Student Activities
Office of Student Life