Are you registered to vote? Did you know that as a University of Connecticut student you can register to vote in the town of Mansfield? Time is running out to before the 2015 elections on November 3, and you don’t want to miss out on the opportunity to have your voice heard.
All students attending college can use their university address to become a registered voter. It’s a quick and easy process – just fill out the voter registration form here and bring it to the Community Outreach Office by October 13 (hard copies will also be available in the office). If you want to register in person, you can go to Mansfield Town Hall, Council Chamber, 4 South Eagleville Rd, Storrs CT by October 27. All you need to register is a valid driver’s license, birth certificate or social security card; if you’re using your university address and registering in person, you need a school ID and proof of residency e.g. a tuition statement or utility bill.
If you are not registered to vote here at the University of Connecticut, but want to vote to make a difference in your hometown, you can request an absentee ballot. In order to do so, you must be registered to vote in your town of residence to request an absentee ballot. Each state has various rules regarding absentee ballots. Click here to find the requirements for absentee ballots in your home state.
If you are not yet registered to vote in your hometown and would like to be a part of the upcoming election, you can also use this link below to see the requirements of your state in regards to registering. 23 states offer online voter registrations, and some can even be submitted online. Use this link to check your state’s guidelines for completing and submitting your voter registration.
Still on the fence about voting? Here are some benefits you can get from voting: Elected officials set the political agenda based on the concerns of the highest voter turnout group. If young adults participate in elections, issues that affect them will be addressed and put on the forefront of the political agenda. Unless students vote, politicians will not address their needs. College students must turn out in great numbers on Election Day (November 3) to make changes on issues they care about. Start now by registering TODAY.
The Community Outreach Office is located in the Student Union Rm. 302. Office hours are Monday – Friday 8am-5pm.
Other important links:
Connecticut Secretary of State – http://www.ct.gov/sots/cwp/view.asp?a=3172&q=525432