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.
Student voting rates for the University of Nevada Reno are above the national average. 45.5% of the student body voted in the 2018 midterm elecion, 6.3% above the national average. In addition, 74.5% of the student body is registered to vote (see our National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement Campus Report). 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 Haley Summers.
Residence Hall Voting
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 mailstop to register to vote and recieve abentee ballots. Students should use their residential hall as their permanent address (to determine their voting precinct) and the CSE mailstop address in order to recieve their voter registration cards. Both the residential address and a valid mailling address is required for succesful completion ofyour voter registration. Please note, the CSE mailstop isnot forpersonl mail. It should only be used for voter registration IF you cannot recieve mail at your residential address. You will be notified by the email address on file why MyNevada that your voter registration card is ready for pick-up.
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 Haley Summers. If you're a UNR student and are interested in volunteering for Vote Power, please reach out to Haley Summers to get involved.
Frequently Asked Questions about Voting
- On Election Day, you may vote at any polling location in Nevada. 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 a 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.
- 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 Nevada, you must establish residency in Nevada.
- 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.