Participation

Make your voice heard by voting, and remember that being an active citizen doesn’t stop there. Advocate for causes you care about and stay up-to-date with the actions your elected officials are taking. Hearing from constituents like you makes a difference in how elected officials prioritize their work and is one way to keep your elected officials accountable.

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Make a plan for voting

  • Will you go before school? After work?
  • Are you taking the bus, walking, or driving? If you’re driving, where will you park?
  • If you’re voting by mail or voting absentee, when/where will you drop off or mail your ballot?
  • Do you need any documentation to vote?
  • Ask your friends/family if they have a plan. If you have the same polling place, maybe you can go to vote together.

Voter Participation on Campus

UIC was recognized as the “Most Engaged” campus by the All IN Campus Democracy Challenge for having one of the largest increases in student voter participation among colleges and universities in the 2016 election. In addition, the All IN Campus Democracy Challenge awarded UIC a bronze seal for achieving a student voting rate between 50%-59%. Read the article.

As part of the Challenge, UIC participated in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement, which showed an increase in UIC student voting rates of nearly 14% between the 2012 and 2016 elections. See the full report for details on voter registration, voter participation, and comparisons to other institutions across the country.

UIC is also designated as a Voter Friendly Campus by the Campus Vote Project and NASPA. The program supports campuses in developing plans to facilitate student civic and electoral engagement, and awards the designation to institutions who have successfully committed to promoting democratic engagement on campus.