Go Vote

To help change the world from here, a good place to start is the voting booth! In partnership with the Leo T. McCarthy Center, GoUSF encourages you to participate in the following voting challenge and other events in preparation for the 2018 Midterm Elections.

Events location date(s) Time
National Voter Registration Day Lo Schiavo, University Center, Lone Mountain Sept. 25 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Go Vote Challenge surveymonkey.com/r/Go_Vote Oct. 1–Nov. 6 N/A
Fighting for the Right to Vote, the Continuing Civil Rights Struggle Getty Study Oct. 4 6–7 p.m.
Go Vote: Ballots & Bites Masonic & Turk to City Hall Oct. 11 3–4 p.m.
Demystifying the Millennial Vote Getty Study Oct. 11 6–7 p.m.
Register to Vote Before Midterms  Lo Schiavo, University Center, Lone Mountain Oct. 17–22 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m.
Go Vote: Ballots & Bites Masonic & Turk to City Hall Oct. 18 3–4 p.m.
What’s On The Ballot? Getty Study Oct. 18 6–7 p.m.
Know Your Voting Rights Before Election Day Getty Study Oct. 25 6–7 p.m.
Midterm Election Day 2018 Lo Schiavo, University Center, Lone Mountain Nov. 6 9 a.m.–8 p.m.

Event Descriptions

National Voter Registration Day

Tuesday, Sept. 25  |  9 a.m.–4 p.m.  |  Lo Schiavo, University Center, Lone Mountain

Every year millions of Americans find themselves unable to vote because they miss a registration deadline, don’t update their registration, or aren’t sure how to register. National Voter Registration Day wants to make sure everyone has the opportunity to vote. On the fourth Tuesday of September, USF Votes will hit the campus in a single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach eligible Dons voters who may not register otherwise. Join us at our tabling events throughout day the day to be an engaged voter.

Go Vote Challenge

Oct. 1–Nov. 6  |  surveymonkey.com/r/Go_Vote

Check in after you vote and encourage your colleagues to do the same. The department with the most votes wins a prize!

Fighting for the Right to Vote, the Continuing Civil Rights Struggle

Thursday, Oct. 4  |  6–7 p.m.  |  Getty Study

In a year when voting amongst our diverse communities is vital in an upcoming election, we find that communities of color, women, and young people are still disenfranchised at the polls across the country. This modern day civil rights struggle is one that is more pressing and urgent more than ever and we want our USF community to be part of this conversation. Our country’s long fight for voting rights continues today and comes to the forefront this upcoming midterm elections. Join USFVotes for a conversation to discuss this modern day civil rights movement as we discuss the systematic attempts that prevent our historically underrepresented diverse populations from their right at the polls, connecting our past with our present and future.

Go Vote: Ballots & Bites

Thursday, Oct. 11 & 18  |  3–4 p.m.  |  Masonic & Turk to City Hall

Did you know you can vote early at City Hall? Why not avoid the crowds, get a little exercise and mingle with your friends as we walk down to the polls! Once you vote, we will have treats available to help rejuvenate you before heading back to campus. Voting booths are open all day from 10/9-11/6. Email Angie Vuong at amvuong@usfca.edu to RSVP.

Demystifying the Millennial Vote

Thursday, Oct. 11  |  6–7 p.m.  |  Getty Study

54.6% of USF students voted in the 2016 election. The national average was 50.4%. In a progressive city like San Francisco, on a diverse and vibrant campus as USF, you would think that students would be jumping at the chance to make their voices heard at the polls. Millennials are the largest voting bloc in US history and have a chance to make a difference in our halls of power. Why do Millennials and post-Millennials not feel like they are part of the democratic conversation? What about voting turns students off? Students on campus typically lean left of the political spectrum but a lack of willingness to get involved. Is it because the voting narrative has become too partisan? Is it the candidates and platforms that are not connected to the issues our generation care about? Join USFVotes for a conversation about demystifying the Millennial vote and see what you can do to change the message.

Register to Vote Before Midterms

Oct. 17–22  |  11:30 a.m–2 p.m.  |  Lo Schiavo, University Center, Lone Mountain

The last day to register in California is on October 22, and we need all hands on deck! Come stop by our tabling stations across campus during a week of action to register to vote, update your registration, request absentee ballots, or learn more about your candidates before the November 6 election.

What’s On The Ballot?

Thursday, Oct. 18  |  6–7 p.m.  |  Getty Study

State senator vs. US senator. School board members, supervisors, and representatives. Ballots, measures, and propositions. There are many local and statewide propositions appearing on the November 6 ballot and it’s important that students are informed about all the issues on the table. Join USFVotes on this day for a nonpartisan breakdown of everything that’s on the 2018 November ballot at the local, state and federal level. Knowledge is power and what can be more knowledgeable than educating yourself about policy issues that reflect what you care most about.

Know Your Voting Rights Before Election Day

Thursday, Oct. 25  |  6–7 p.m.  |  Getty Study

Why is your right to vote so important? We have the freedom to choose our leaders and engage on the issues that we care about. This means we can build power in our communities and create real change. Our right to vote gives us that power. But whether that right is protected varies from state to state (Yes, even today). Some states have laws that encourage voters to participate and make our voices heard, while others have laws that confuse and block voters, lowering voter turnout—and our impact.  Join USFVotes for a conversation about voting rights and why this gives us the power to hold our elected leaders accountable and to represent our values and our vision for the future.

Midterm Election Day 2018

Tuesday, Nov. 6  |  9 a.m–8 p.m.  |  Lo Schiavo, University Center, Lone Mountain

The midterm elections are here! Join USFVotes for a full day of election momentum—from organizing your absentee ballot, to walking to your polling place, to watching the results trickle in well into the evening.