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Hawks Vote

Your voice is important!

Your voice matters!

Voting is an important way to make a difference and, as a University, we are committed to helping you exercise your right. Read the full message from President Woodward. 

Participating in the election of government officials is a privilege afforded to most citizens of the United States. In recent elections, young voters have had a greater impact than ever before, demonstrating that everyone’s voice is important, and your vote can make a difference. Make your voice heard and register to vote in the 2020 Election!

Follow us on Instagram: @HawksVote 

Vote! Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Where do I go to vote?
  • If you are voting using your home or off-campus address on Election Day go to Vote 411 to find out where you need to go to vote. 
  • If you are voting using your University of Hartford address:
    • If you live in A or C complex, you will be voting in West Hartford. Your polling place is King Philip School, 100 King Philip Drive, West Hartford
    • All other on-campus residents will be voting in Hartford. Your polling place is Annie Fisher Multi Magnet School, 280 Planfield Street, Hartford.
How do I get to my polling location?

Hawks Vote will be offering shuttles to the polling locations for students who are registered to vote from their campus address.

  • Shuttles will run from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Any elector standing in line at the polls at 8 p.m. will be allowed to cast a vote; shuttles will continue to pick students up from the campus polling locations until all students have returned to campus.
  • Shuttles will depart from Millard Circle (between the Fuller Building and Gengras Student Union)
  • Students voting from an off-campus address will need to secure their own transportation to the polls.
  • Uber and Lyft are offering discounted rides to and from polling locations and ballot drop-boxes on Election Day (see their websites for details).
What should I bring with me to the polls?
  • You will need to bring your ID to the polls. Please bring either your CT Driver's License or your University of Hartford student ID.
  • If you are voting in your hometown on Election Day, you may have other ID requirements. Please click here to find out what you should bring with you for your specific state. 
  • If you are turned away from the polls and denied the right to vote, please say the following: “Give me a provisional ballot with a receipt, as required by law when requested.” This will give you the option to cast a provisional ballot.
Where do I find my hometown's absentee ballot?

Find out what the deadlines are for your hometown. Go to Vote 411 to find specific details for your hometown and how to get your absentee ballot.

Can I vote before Election Day?

Some states have early voting. Find out if your state allows you to vote before Election Day and where you need to go to vote. Go to Vote 411 for more info.

Watch parties for the election

The Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion and the Office of Residential Life are hosting an Election Night Watch Event in Commons on Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. This event is designed to be a safe way for students to watch the election results coverage with friends and classmates. All COVID-19 health and safety guidelines will be in effect, including social distancing, face coverings, and capacity limits. Students should register on Hawk Hub before they enter Commons. Light snacks will be served.

Post election event

De-Stress Zone: Hot Beverage GiveawayWednesday, November 4, 2020, 1 – 2 p.m.
As the air cools, we would like to offer you a hot beverage whether you are on your way to class or in between classes. Join us, outside on the GSU Hawk Terrace, and get your cup of hot chocolate or hot apple cider

Register to Vote

As a college student, you have the right to choose whether you would like to vote using your home address or your school address. Where you choose to vote will not affect your tuition, financial aid, taxes, or insurance. 

Register with your campus address

  • Schedule an appointment with Lisa Coté by emailing or calling the Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion (sei@hartford.edu or 860.768.5409), or join us at one of our voter registration tables.
  • If you previously registered to vote using your campus address, please stop by GSU 207 or one of our voter registration tables to check if your registration is still active and accurate.  

Register with your home address

  • Download and print the national mail-in voter registration form and bring it to the Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion in GSU 207 during our office hours (Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.).
  • Many states use an online voter registration system, as long as folks are registering to vote using the address on their valid state ID (example: driver’s license). You can find information regarding your home state’s voter registration process on the U.S.Election Assistance Commission website.

Register if you are experiencing homelessness/housing insecurity

Schedule an appointment with Lisa Coté by emailing or calling the Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion (sei@hartford.edu or 860.768.5409), or join us at one of our voter registration tables. You are eligible to register using a mailing address, such as: a shelter, PO box, etc

Register in person at one of our voter registration drivers

Join us at one of our many registration drives this semester. 

October

  • Monday, Oct. 5, 12–3 p.m. I GSU Hawk Lounge
  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, 12–3 p.m. I GSU Hawk Lounge
  • Friday, Oct. 9, 12– 2:30 p.m. I Commons Patio
  • Monday, Oct. 12, 12–3 p.m. I GSU Hawk Lounge
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14, 12–3 p.m. I GSU Hawk Lounge
  • Thursday, Oct.15, 5–8 p.m. I Commons Patio
  • Friday, Oct. 16, 12– 2:30 p.m. I Commons Patio
  • Monday, Oct. 19, 12–3 p.m. I GSU Hawk Lounge
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. I Commons Patio
  • Wednesday, Oct. 21, 12–3 p.m. I GSU Hawk Lounge
  • Thursday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m.–2:30 p.m. I Commons Patio
  • Friday, Oct. 23, 12– 2:30 p.m. I Commons Patio
  • Monday, Oct. 26, 12–3 p.m. I GSU Hawk Lounge

Confirm that you are registered to vote

If you are not sure if your registration was processed or if you cannot remember if you are registered to vote in CT you can click here to find out. To see if you have registered to vote in another state click here and follow the instructions for your state.

Resources

Listed below are links to helpful resources regarding voter registration, candidates, voting, and student voters:

FAQ

Where should I register to vote?

As a college student you have the right to choose to vote where you go to school or in the town where you reside; ultimately the choice is yours. 

What is the best time to go and vote?

The best time to vote for a student at the University of Hartford would be between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., while others are at work. Closer to Election Day, we will provide further details about transportation to Annie Fisher and King Philip, based on current CDC and State social-distancing and safety guidelines. 

If I am already registered to vote in another state, but I choose to vote in Connecticut, should I still fill out the Connecticut Voter Registration Form?

Yes. Even if you have already registered to vote in another state, you must register again to vote in the proper district. Completing this form will also ensure that you are not registered to vote in two separate districts.

If I am already registered to vote in another town in Connecticut, but I would like to vote locally will I have to register again?

Yes.  Although you may be registered to vote in the state of Connecticut, voter registration is specific to each district. Therefore, to vote locally you will have to reregister using your school address. 

As a student living on the University of Hartford campus, and choosing to register and vote locally, what town will I vote in?

The vast majority of students living on campus will vote in Hartford. However, students living in A or C Complex will vote in West Hartford. Due to the town lines that run through our campus, some students live in West Hartford while others reside in Hartford. Therefore, it is essential to indicate which Residence Hall you live in on your voter registration form.

What are the advantages to assisting at the polls on Election Day?

Along with helping in the democratic voting process, it is possible to earn money for working the polls on Election Day. For more information, make sure to check the box on your voter registration form indicating that you would like to volunteer at the polls.

What should I do if my form is mailed back to me? 

This means your registration is not complete and you are not registered to vote. Please reach out to the Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion (sei@hartford.edu or 860-768-5409) or stop by one of our registration drives for assistance.    

How do I know if my voter registration was approved? 

You are not a voter until your application is approved by the Registrar of Voters.  You should receive a confirmation in the mail within three weeks of completing your registration form.  If you do not, you must contact the Registrar of Voters for the town in which you registered.   

What happens if I am unable to register prior to registration deadlines?

If you live on campus at the University of Hartford and live in any residence hall other than A and C Complexes, you may be able to do same day registration at City Hall in Hartford.  Please note that same day registration and your polling place are in different locations, as such you should plan accordingly.  

If you live on campus at the University of Hartford and live in A or C Complex you may be able to do same day registration at the Town Hall in West Hartford.  Please note that same day registration and your polling place are in different locations, as such you should plan accordingly.  

Still have questions? Contact the Office of Student Engagement and Inclusion, by email at sei@hartford.edu or phone 860.768.5409.