Dear Fall 2018 Student,
If you’re a US citizen, many of you are probably asking if it’s possible to vote in this year’s midterm election cycle, and if so, how to go about doing so while on-course. In some areas of the world in which we work, voter enfranchisement is a right denied to many citizens. This knowledge can present a stark realization for us as we realize how many can take these “rights” for granted. This Fall, if you’re eligible to vote in the US, you will have the ability to influence the direction and leadership of the US through the democratic process.
Many Dragons semester students will be seeking to vote for the first time in their lives this November and we want to ensure that everyone has the ability to cast their vote and exert agency. It’s an exciting moment, one of great responsibility, and we hope students honor it with their participation.
In order to help you navigate the absentee voting process, we have compiled some websites below that outline some important information about voting in this year’s election cycle. It’s important to note that every state has different laws governing absentee ballots. Just over half of all US states allow mail in ballots without excuse, while around twenty others require an excuse. A few are mail-in only. Please refer to the following links and carefully read the instructions as you prepare to cast a ballot in your area.
In some cases, in order to register for your absentee ballot, you will need to provide a local address abroad. Please consult with your instructors to determine which will be the best in-country mailing address.
Please take the time to register before you depart for the fall semester in order to ensure that you will be eligible to vote in 2018!