Democratic Engagement: Ways to get involved

Run or apply for a Position in the ASUN Student Government!

Student holding Gavel

Modeled after the United States government, the undergraduate student government, ASUN, is comprised of three separate branches: the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch and the Judicial Branch. Working harmoniously, these entities provide an unmatched co-curricular experience for University of Nevada students. 

Interested in Running for Office?

Student can file to run for office each January. To learn more about the Elections process and the deadlines, visit the ASUN's Elections Page and download the Candidate Packet.

Don't want to run for Office?

Students can also apply for appointed positions in March. Check the Student Employment website for specific positions.

Not ready to run or apply for office?

Get your feet wet by participating in an ASUN internship program. Internship positions are available in various ASUN departments including the Senate, the Department of Programming, and Legislative Affairs. Positions are usually made available on the Student Employment website at the end of summer.

Vote for your ASUN Representatives!

ASUN Primary Elections will take place on March 7 and 8. General Elections will take place on March 14 and 15. Voting will take place in the Blue Fishbowl of the Joe (8am-5pm) or via WebCT. Visit the ASUN Website for more information about Spring 2018 election debates and voting.

Volunteer and Learn How to Register Voters!

High School Students in class actively participating

Learn how to register others to vote through Vote Power: High School Voter Registration Drive! This initiative aims to empower young voters (both high school seniors and college students) by inducting them in the voter registration process and educating them in the importance of voting. We work closely with local high schools, the Washoe County School District, and the Washoe County Registrar of Voters office to train college students in the registration process and to register high school seniors. If you're a UNR student and are interested in learning how to register voter and/or in volunteering for Vote Power: High School Voter Registration Drive, please email Gaby Ortiz Flores or check GivePulse for upcoming drives.

Develop your Critical Democratic Literacy!

Group of Students smiling for the camera

The critical democratic literacy series is a new initiative aimed at increasing students' knowledge of how government, activist movements, and other democratic systems and structures function in order to encourage those students to engage and participate in those systems and structures. Each session will consist of a presentation, workshop, or discussion that provides information, resources, and/or tools to navigate democratic processes and institutions such as government, lobbying, student government, social movements, running for office, etc. Sessions will also be a vehicle for students to explore their individual and collective knowledge, resources, and power through written reflection and discussion.

Please check back for more information about upcoming sessions!

Volunteer to be a Poll Worker on Election Day!

Booth workers encouraging Voting for the ASUN Election

Student poll workers learn first-hand how elections are run, and provide much needed support at polling place locations. They end their day with a better understanding of the importance of voting and the vital role poll workers play in making our elections run smoothly. In order to volunteer to work an election for Washoe County you must:

  • Be a United States citizen and be a registered voter in the State of Nevada.
  • Minimum age is 16 years old (student program) or 18 years of age for general volunteer programs. 
  • Physically be able to endure the long hours of Election Day (approximately 14 hours +). 
  • Physically be able to set up equipment that is approximately 35 lbs. in weight. 
  • Have a professional demeanor. 
  • Have access to reliable transportation. 
  • Able to attend the required poll worker training and pass a hands-on evaluation in order to work. 
  • Complete and pass the online poll worker training.

Please check back later in the spring semester to learn about CSE-sponsored opportunities to be a poll worker during the upcoming elections!