GET OUT HER VOTE!
STUDENT VOTING FAQS
Voting rules vary from state to state, but this sheet should answer some of the most common questions. As always, don’t hesitate to contact your county registrar of voters, Secretary of State, or your FMF campus organizer for further assistance.
Q: CAN I REGISTER TO VOTE WHERE I GO TO SCHOOL?
A: YES. In the 1979 U.S. Supreme Court decided in United States v. Symm that you have the right to register and vote where you go to school, even if you don’t intend to reside there permanently or live in a dorm room. Depending on the state, certain identification is required when you register to vote the first time. Your Social Security number or a driver’s license number should be sufficient. You may also be able to use your college ID card or other picture ID for verification. You can use a recent utility bill or bank statement as proof of your current street address.
Q: WILL MY FINANCIAL AID OR STUDENT LOANS BE AFFECTED IF I REGISTER TO VOTE AT AN ADDRESS DIFFERENT FROM MY PARENTS’ ADDRESS?
A: NO. Where you register to vote has no effect on your scholarships, student loans, health and car insurance, or tuition payments. If you hear otherwise, challenge the information source and contact an FMF organizer.
Q: SHOULD I REGISTER AT MY PARENTS’ HOME ADDRESS AND VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT?
A: We always urge students to register to vote where they will be living on Election Day so there is no chance of missing the opportunity to vote. You have a vested interest in voting where you go to school, live, and spend nine months or more out of the year. Although you can vote by absentee ballot, you shouldn’t rely on your parent(s) remembering to send your application for an absentee ballot or risk requesting an absentee ballot too late. Make your vote count in the state and county where you live.
Q: CAN A P.O. BOX BE USED FOR THE ADDRESS ON THE VOTER REGISTRATION FORM?
A: NO. A voter must use a physical street address in order to register to vote. This is so that election officials can assign the newly registered voter to a voting precinct. If the student lives in a dorm, the name of the dorm and street address of the dorm must be used on the registration form. A P.O. Box can be used as the mailing address where voting materials and sample ballots will be sent.
Q: WHAT DO I DO IF I REGISTERED TO VOTE AND MY NAME IS NOT ON THE ROSTER AT MY POLLING PLACE WHEN I GO TO VOTE ON ELECTION DAY?
A: Demand a provisional ballot and vote. According to federal law, you are guaranteed a provisional ballot. If the election is close, the state is required to verify and count all provisional ballots.
USE THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
30-second PSA: Election Day is November 8th, 2016 we can make a difference by voting on the issues that affect us, including abortion rights, climate change, and student loans. Stand up for your rights. Register to vote today so your voice will be heard. The deadline to register in [state] for the November 8, 2016 general election is [date]. Tell your roommates and classmates to register and vote.
60-second PSA: It’s time for young feminists to register and vote in the 2016 general election. The right to a safe and legal abortion is in jeopardy. Climate change is threatening our environment. Corporations and conservative lawmakers are exploiting undocumented workers for cheap labor. We can and must change this. Register to vote today so your voice will be heard. The deadline to register in [state] for the 2016 general election is [date]. Students have the right to register to vote using their on-campus or local address, so tell your roommates and classmates to register and vote too. Want to get involved in the Get Out Her Vote campaign on campus? Contact the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance group at [group email address].
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