Why Student Votes Matter
According to the Census Bureau's statistics from 2016, only 33% of young voters between the ages of 18-24 voted in the 2016 general elections. Compare that to the 70.9% of voters over the age of 65, 66.6% of voters between the ages of 45-64, and 58.7% of voters between the ages of 30-44 voted in those same elections.(1) Meanwhile the average ages of our Congress Representatives and Senators are 57 and 61, respectively.(2)
In other words, young people's perspectives and voices (YOUR perspectives and voices) are disproportionately missing from important conversations and policy-making decisions.
Although the student voting rates for the University of Nevada Reno are slightly above the national average, that still means that only 54.7% of the student body (see our National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement Campus Report) voted in the 2012 presidential elections while only 17.6% voted in the 2014 midterm elections. We as a campus and as a voting bloc can do better!(3)
- United States Census Bureau. (2017, May 10). File, Thom. Voting in American: A Look at the 2016 Presidential Election.
- "The 115th Congress is Among the Oldest in History." Quorum.com. Quorum, n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2017.
- "Student Voting Rates for University of Nevada-Reno." National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement Campus Report. Tufts University Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. August 2017.
You have the power to make your voice heard-it's your Vote Power. The Center for Student Engagement works to create opportunities for students to access and exercise their vote power. For more information about any of our initiatives below, please contact Gaby Ortiz Flores.
We are in the process of the developing videos that provide information about upcoming elections. Check back later this year to see our election videos for the primary and general elections!
Voting by Mail
Residential hall students (as well as any student who is unable to receive mail where they live) can now use the Center for Student Engagement address to receive their mail-in absentee ballots. Students should still use either their residential hall/temporary address or their permanent address as the address that will be used to determine their voting precinct.
Address for Residence Hall residents to receive absentee ballots:
CSE Voter Reg.|MS 0058
1664 N. Virginia Ave.
Reno, NV 89557
Vote Power: High School Voter Registration Drives
We work closely with local high schools, the Washoe County School District, and the Washoe County Registrar of Voters office to register high school seniors to vote. If you're an educator and are interested in having us visit your high school, please contact Gaby Ortiz Flores. If you're a UNR student and are interested in volunteering for Vote Power: High School Voter Registration Drive, please check GivePulse for upcoming drives.
Frequently Asked Questions about Voting
- Every registered voter is assigned to a particular polling place. On Election Day, you may only vote at your assigned polling place. The correct voting location will be printed on your sample ballot. If you are unsure of where to vote, you should contact the Washoe County Registrar of Voters office at (775) 328-3670.
- Polls are open for voting from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
- Early Voting in Nevada is available to every voter (who is voting as a Nevada resident). Voters can vote at any location in their respective county where early voting is offered.
- Clarification: In-person early voting requires you to vote in the county where you are registered to vote. For example: if your primary residence is in Las Vegas (and you used your primary address to register), you will need to request an mail-in absentee ballot, if you are currently living in Washoe County for school.
- Early in-person voting (only for those registered in Washoe County) will take place at the University of Nevada, Reno in the Joe.
- For other early voting locations and times in Washoe County, visit the Washoe County Registrar of Voters website.
- If you are unable to vote in person because you are attending school in a different county, state or country, you may vote by absentee ballot.
- Please note that you may need to request an absentee ballot, if you are not from Washoe County and you used your primary address (e.g. if your primary address is in Las Vegas) to register to vote.
- If you want to vote in Nevada, you must establish residency in Nevada. You must intend to establish a primary residence and intend to stay for an indefinite period of time in Nevada. You are eligible to vote in Nevada even if you are classified as "out of state" by your college or university.
- If you want to vote in your home state, please contact the voting officials in that state to register and determine if attending college in Nevada affects your ability to vote there.
- You can only register and vote in one state per election.
- You may register and vote in Nevada using your permanent Nevada residence as long as you do not intend to set up a primary residence in another state.
- If you wish to vote in your school's state, check with the local registrar.
- If you are attending college in a different county than your primary residence, you may register and vote in the county where your primary residence is or where you live while in school. You may use your dorm address for registration purposes.
- You can only register and vote in one county per election.
- The University of Nevada Reno is located in Washoe County. Please note that you will need an absentee ballot, if you are interested in voting in the county where your primary residency is, and it is not Washoe County.