We are a project of ASPLU aimed to increase civic participation by voter registration and education. Click here to register to vote online. Check out our upcoming events below in order to get engaged civically!

Interested in volunteering? Email asplupres@plu.edu for more information.

Voting FAQs

Research the initiatives and look up your local candidates, whether it’s through your voter’s pamphlet or Googling! Ballotpedia is a great non-partisan resource, although it doesn’t have everything. If you’re registered in WA, an online version of your voter pamphlet is available here.

Tuesday, November 2nd is the 2021 general election, with positions like city council, Port commissioners, and school board members up for election. Lute Vote will accept your ballots near or on Election Day for delivery to the closest ballot dropbox.

If you want to submit your own to a ballot dropbox, then submit your ballot by 8 p.m. on November 2nd. The closest dropbox to campus is located at the Parkland/Spanaway library.

Through the mail or ballot dropbox! In Washington state, stamps are not required to submit your ballot!

If you’re voting absentee (out of state), you can get a free stamp, provided by ASPLU Lute Vote Director (please email ruggerdn@plu.edu to receive a stamp).

Request your absentee ballot using this link. Make sure to request this as soon as possible so your ballot is received in time!

Free stamps for these ballots are provided by ASPLU Lute Vote Director (please email ruggerdn@plu.edu to receive a stamp).

You can email ASPLU’s Lute Vote Director at ruggerdn@plu.edu or call the Pierce County Elections office at (253) 798-7430.

Registration FAQs

If you have a Washington drivers license, you can register online here. If you do not have a WA drivers license, register in person at one of our events or at the .

Out of state students are still permitted to register in Washington if they choose, or you can register in your home state. Each state has a different process to register, and to be registered in another state you will need to request an absentee ballot to vote from PLU. Therefore, we generally find it easier for out of state students to register in Washington instead. Go to question 1 to find out how to do that.

Note: Alaska students, registering in another state may cause you to lose your PFD.

In 2018, Washington lawmakers adopted legislation providing for same-day voter registration and automatic voter registration beginning in 2019.

One may register to vote online, by mail, or in-person at a county elections department. Registration must be completed 29 days in advance if done by mail or online. If registering in person, registration must be completed eight days prior to the election.[1]

Check your WA registration to see where you registered by going here. Outside of WA state, go here.

You can email ASPLU’s Lute Vote Director at ruggerdn@plu.edu or call the Pierce County Elections office at (253) 798-7430.

Miss the U.S. Senate Debate at PLU? Watch below!

Past Events

Will Millennials Care Enough to Vote or Go Play Softball? Why not BOTH?? Friday Nov. 16th, 2018 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Recently in a Seattle Times article (titled: Will Millennials care enough to vote or go play softball or something?”), young people were doubted about our interest in voting. Well guess what, WE VOTED!! Young people voted in historic numbers, possibly having the highest turnout since the voting age was lowered to 18 in 1972. Now that elections are over we are celebrating this huge increase in young people voting nationwide by hosting a softball game! Everyone is invited to come and play some softball with us, and get to know who your student leaders in ASPLU are! RSVP here.

Article available here: https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/will-millennials-care-enough-to-vote-or-go-play-softball-or-something/


Patriotism: Virtue or Vice? Tuesday Oct 23rd, 2018 | 6:00 pm

Morken 103

We often hear the claim that it’s a good thing to be patriotic, but is it really? Is patriotism just an arbitrary prejudice in favor of one’s own nation? Or is it an important form of loyalty and civic pride? What does it even mean to be “patriotic”? Can patriotism come in good and bad forms? Join us for a conversation! Presented by the Philosophy Department and SOPHIA (Society of Philosophers in America). This event is free and open to the public.


U.S. Senatorial Debate on Campus Monday October 8th, 2018 | 12:30 pm

Karen Hille Phillips Center

Join us for a free and public debate for U.S. Senate with Maria Cantwell (D) and Susan Hutchison (R). The U.S. Senate seat is one of two representing Washington state for a term of six years. The event is free and open to the public. Student ticketing is available here.


PLU Rocks the Vote Tuesday September 25th, 2018 | 4:00 – 7:30 pm

Red Square

This event is taking place on National Voter Registration Day! At this event you can register to vote, pledge to vote, partake in political games, learn how to get involved on campus and locally, and enjoy live music and food! This event is free and open to the public.