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On Election Day, Do Your Part To Make Your Voice Heard

Vote signs and people at a polling place.

Today is election day. After nearly two years of commercials, speeches, and campaign events, the people of America will finally vote to select the 45th President of the United States. This is a reminder to you to make sure you do your part and cast a vote for the candidates you see fit to guide your vision of town, county, and country into the future.

To help students stay engaged in the election on and off campus, we’ve gathered a list of resources to help you cast your ballot.

  • Be sure you know where your polling place is. For one, Google is providing help on mobile and through search by providing polling place location based on a user’s geography upon access. Other resources, like usa.gov or vote.org also provide help locating your local polling location.
  • Students should not find difficulty in getting to cast their ballot. A number of SUNY schools have polling places located right on campus. Others are providing transportation to students and faculty to get to their nearest locations with ease. If you’re still unsure, talk with your student life staff to find out where and how to vote near campus.
  • If you need another way to get to the polls, Uber, Lyft, and Zipcar are providing free or discounted service on election day to get people to the polls. Some taxi services are also providing free rides to and from polling places in New York. If any of these services are available to you, be sure to take advantage.
  • Remember, you can NOT vote on social media or by text! Take steps to get yourself to a polling place and do things the right way.
  • Read up on the election cycle in America and the milestone markers that make up the process in our Process Politics blog series. Professors from SUNY campuses provided some great insight and history into the workings of a presidential campaign, from primary season to the electoral process. An informed electorate is a strong one.

And regardless of who wins this election, higher education needs to be an issue of concern for the next president and their cabinet. Recently, at our SUNYCON conference in New York City, an enlightened plenary panel discussed some of the key issues in higher education facing the next administration. Make yourself familiar with these key points as we get ready for history in the making throughout the day.

Taras Kufel

Written by Taras Kufel

Taras Kufel is the Manager of Digital Engagement at the State University of New York.

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