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Make a plan to vote!

The Presidential Election is coming up on November 3. Eligible Stanford students can vote either in California or their home state—make sure you have a plan!

Not registered?

Register to vote and sign up for voting reminders and absentee ballots through TurboVote.

Not sure?

Visit the website to:

  • Look up your voter registration status
  • Re-register with your current address (e.g. if you’ve moved due to COVID)

Voting by mail

If you’ve requested an absentee ballot, make sure it’s being sent to where you will be living this fall. The easiest way to change your address is to re-register through TurboVote.

All states will mail voters a ballot, but the rules differ from state to state. For example, certain states (not California) require you to apply in person for an absentee ballot. Look up the absentee voting rules for your state.

Voting in person

Tresidder Union is a Santa Clara County Vote Center for the November 3 election. Any eligible voter in Santa Clara County may register and vote or drop off their ballot October 31–November 3.

If you’re not on campus, you can find your polling place printed on your ballot, or look up your polling place closer to the election.

In-person voting may be a little slower this year due to social distancing requirements, so make sure you allow plenty of time.

Safeguarding democracy and ensuring that people exercise their right to vote could not be more important. See below for volunteering opportunities and nonpartisan voting resources. Let us know if you would like to organize or help with a voting-related event. And if you’re eligible, take advantage of your right to vote—let’s make our voices heard!

Register to vote!

Register to vote

It’s easy to register to vote in California or your home state through If you've already registered, use TurboVote to sign up for text and/or email reminders with election information, dates, and deadlines. If you request an absentee ballot, you will receive completed forms in the mail, along with an addressed, stamped envelope.

Register to Vote, Get Absentee Ballots and Reminders Here

Vote Center on campus


The President's Office has committed to hosting a Santa Clara County Vote Center at Tresidder Union. Any eligible voter in Santa Clara County may register and vote here. The Vote Center will be open for the U.S. General Election Oct. 31–Nov. 3.

  • Drop off your mail-in ballot
  • Request a replacement ballot if you didn't receive one, or made a mistake on yours
  • Register and vote the same day

Volunteering opportunities

Stanford students, faculty, and staff have redoubled efforts to encourage eligible students to vote. In the 2018 mid-term election, we increased precinct voter turnout by as much as 70 percent and we can do even better.

Here are some opportunities to help facilitate voting in your community, wherever you are in the country.

Join the Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly disrupted the 2020 Presidential Election, and election officials across the country are working to ensure the election can be held as planned. Professor Nate Persily, from Stanford Law School, is seeking motivated students to assist the newly-launched Stanford-MIT Healthy Elections Project. Help provide information and assistance to election officials around the country to protect voters.
Submit an interest form

Adopt-a-County Poll Worker Recruitment Project

Due to the high percentage of poll workers who are seniors and more at risk for COVID-19, many counties have a critical shortage of poll workers for the upcoming election. Help identify and directly engage networks, institutions, and organizations to serve as poll workers in key jurisdictions during the November 3 general election.
Submit an interest form

Campus Compact Poll Worker Recruitment Project

The Campus Compact Safe Elections Project will enlist and train 300 students to recruit their peers as poll workers for the November 2020 election. Campus Compact will train the Student Recruiters to be effective digital organizers and educators about the importance of poll workers in our democracy. Selected students receive a stipend.
Apply here


Stanford students, faculty, and staff are working to build a stronger campus community to increase voter registration and engagement. All are encouraged to send us resources and campus event details to add to this page.


Email Virginia Bock.