Drexel Votes is a broad-based coalition of student organizations, schools, colleges and administrative offices committed to encouraging the entire Drexel University community – and particularly Drexel undergraduates -- to become registered voters, educated and engaged citizens, and active supporters of the candidate of their choice. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 election will be unlike any other when it comes to how citizens vote. Drexel University is proud to support its community in navigating this uncharted territory with resources and reminders.
On November 3, 2020 — Election Day — the University will close at 2 p.m. to allow time for the Drexel community to vote. We ask that all faculty teaching courses that day please plan to teach asynchronously, if possible, and provide flexibility and support for students who may be working the polls.
Early Voting – Satellite Election Offices
The City of Philadelphia has opened several early voting centers at satellite election offices ahead of the upcoming election. The offices are open seven days a week and will remain open through Election Day. The offices allow voters to register to vote, request a mail-in ballot, receive it, vote, and then return it all at the same location. Also, voters can return their already completed ballots to the satellite offices for drop off.
The locations for the three satellite offices closest to Drexel are listed below. To find the location closest to you, please consult this list on the Philadelphia City Commissioners website.
- Center City: City Hall Room 140, 1400 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19107
- West: Overbrook Elementary School, 2032 N 62nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19151
- West: Alain Locke School, 4550 Haverford Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19139
Virtual Town Hall on Voting Presented by Drexel University & the Committee of Seventy
In many places, voting procedures are a bit different this year due to COVID-19. Pennsylvania in particular passed new voting reforms in 2019 that have expanded the options by which Pennsylvanians can vote in every election. Be sure to research the options in your state for early voting, vote by mail, absentee ballots, and in-person voting, to determine which is the best option for you, and make a plan to vote!
Drexel University's student fellows with the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) and the Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) will be holding voter "office hours" via Zoom every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., where at least one of the CEEP fellows and/or USGA representatives will be available for students to drop in and ask any questions they may have about voting. Zoom link: drexel.zoom.us/j/99260041969
Follow the Drexel Undergraduate Student Association on Facebook and Instagram, @drexelusga, and CEEP, @drexelvotes. You may also use and follow the hashtags #studentsvote and #drexelvotes to find updates on social media about campus voter engagement.
Passionate about partisan politics? Consider joining a student group:
Countdown to Vote Speaker Series
Drexel Libraries is increasing engagement and outreach efforts ahead of the election by hosting several webinars throughout October that focus on voting and elections in general, as well as issues specific to the 2020 Presidential Elections, including at-home voting and COVID-19, election reform, and the electoral college.
To browse community volunteering opportunities, please visit this volunteer hub created by The Lindy Center.
Leave Time for Voting
Through the Civic Engagement Leave Policy, benefit-eligible professional staff members receive up to 16 hours of paid time each year to use for civic engagement activities, including one hour of paid time off to vote. Nonpartisan voter engagement activities such as staffing voter registration drives or Election Day polling places are also approved under this policy. Please note that under Drexel's Code of Conduct Policy, employees may not use this time to engage in partisan political activities such as campaigning or engagement in protests, petitions, lobbying activities or strikes.
Inspired by the University's commitment to civic engagement, the Drexel Votes coalition is chaired by the Office of Government and Community Relations and the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement, with contributions and support from the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships, Drexel Hillel, Drexel Libraries, Drexel IT, Finance and Administrative Services, Pennoni Honors College, Student Life, Undergraduate Student Government Association, University Communications, and Vision 2020. The coalition is focused on increasing the number of students who participate in the electoral process.