Today's Update: Wednesday, September 30

September 30, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, It only has four letters, but the word carries a huge impact: vote!  

I joined with OSU Votes and Ohio States’ Office of Government Affairs to send a message to all students today reminding them that the deadline to register to vote in this election is Monday, October 5. I’ll include that email in Today’s Update. 

We focus significant attention on helping students understand the electoral process. OSU Votes, the non-partisan Student Life cohort, works to register, educate and encourage their fellow students to vote. They provide a great deal of information and resources and are very active right now in encouraging registration before Monday’s deadline.  

While it is very important that our students vote, I also want to stress how important it is for you to vote as well. If you are not registered, I encourage you to do so right away. And if you haven’t voted in several years, check to make sure you are still registered. You might have been purged from the voting rolls if you have been inactive in recent elections.  

Voting is a Scarlet and Great way to make sure your voice is heard.  

Here is the message that went to students this morning: 

Dear Ohio State Students: 
A foundational purpose of Ohio State’s motto, ‘Education for Citizenship,’ is a call-to-action to contribute to our communities in meaningful ways. One of these ways is in exercising your right to vote. 

In support of this, Ohio State is also participating in the Big Ten Voting Challenge in which all Big Ten schools will compete for highest overall voter turnout, as well as most improved from 2016. 

Monday, October 5 is the deadline for voter registration in the State of Ohio, so if you haven’t had a chance to register, check your registration or update your information, it’s time to make a plan to vote. All Ohio State students can register to vote in the county of their campus. Regardless of where you register, we want you to have the tools you need. 

If you are registering in Ohio and you have an Ohio ID or Driver’s License, you can register online at Please note that there are some challenges with completing the online system if your Ohio BMV address does not match your voter registration address. If this is the case for you, you can use a paper registration form or update your address with the Ohio BMV first. Read more at this OnCampus Weekly article. No Ohio ID? No problem. You can complete the paper voter registration form. They are available at locations across campus, including the Ohio Union Information Desk. For a complete listing of locations, visit the OSU Votes website

If you are registering in a state other than Ohio, visit to access information about your state’s registration, including your state’s voter registration deadline. We encourage all Buckeyes who are eligible to vote make sure their voter registration is up to date and make a plan of how they will vote, whether absentee, early or on November 3. 

For more information about how to register, as well as other information about voting and civic engagement, visit

OSU Votes 

Melissa S. Shivers, PhD  
Vice President for Student Life 

Stacy Bretherton Rastauskas 
Vice President for Government Affairs