Election 101

The Emory Guide to Ensuring Your Voice is Heard

Tuesday, November 3

In 2016, only 59 percent of eligible American voters cast a ballot in the presidential election. Voting is a right, but throughout much of our history it has been reserved for the privileged—centuries of activism and struggle gradually won greater access to the ballot box, and that fight continues today.

At Emory, we are committed to being the hub for all election information. We plan events to inform. We compile resources to explore. And, when it’s all over, we’ll analyze what happened and why.

We’re continuously adding and updating information, so bookmark The Emory Collective: Politics and return on a regular basis.

register | reg·​is·​ter \ ˈre-jə-stər \
: to enroll formally especially as a voter

Whether you want to vote in person, early, or via mail, each state has particular deadlines and forms to fill out. Deadlines are coming up in the next few weeks, but most forms take just a few minutes to fill out.

  • PRO TIP 1: Once you are registered, double check your polling place. In many areas, COVID-19 has made last-minute location changes necessary.
  • PRO TIP 2:  If you choose to vote by mail, request and send in your ballot early. Follow up to confirm it was received and counted—if not, the secretary of state’s office in your state of registration can help you out.

  • TurboVote - It’s a one stop source to registration info.
  • How to Vote - Use the pull-down menu to find info about your particular state

learn \ ˈlərn  \ : to gain knowledge or understanding

Grab a sample ballot, and do your homework. Once you are alone in that voting booth, it’s all up to you. Make your choices armed with information reflecting your beliefs.


    engage \ in-ˈgāj \ : to induce to participate

    Volunteer opportunities are almost limitless. Make calls for your favorite candidate. Work the polls on election day. Write checks to fund campaigns. Get involved.


    vote / ˈvōt / : to exercise a political party.

    “The right to vote is precious, almost sacred. It is the most powerful nonviolent tool or instrument in a democratic society. We must use it.”

    Representative John R. Lewis 14H
    1940-2020