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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? Contact ASPLU Civic Engagement Director Riley Dolan at dolanrl@plu.edu

Upcoming 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/

Questions? Email ASPLU Civic Engagement Director Riely Dolan: dolanrl@plu.edu

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 6. If submitting your ballot through PLU concierge, turn it in by November 5. If by ballot dropbox, then submit your ballot by 8 p.m. November 6. The closest dropbox to campus is located at the Parkland/Spanaway library.

Through the mail or ballot dropbox! New this year, stamps will not be required to submit your ballot for WA voters! If registered out of state, you can get a free stamp, provided by ASPLU LuteVote, at the campus concierge desk.

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 available at the PLU Campus Concierge desk, provided by ASPLU LuteVote.

You can email ASPLU’s Civic Engagement Director, Riley Dolan, at dolanrl@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 concierge desk in the AUC.

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 APF.

The deadline to register in Washington for the 2018 was October 8th. It is no longer possible to register to vote in WA for the 2018 election, however if you register now you will be able to vote in any future elections.

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

You can email ASPLU’s Civic Engagement Director, Riley Dolan, at dolanrl@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

Ballot Dropoff Party Tuesday Nov. 6th, 2018 | 5-7:45 p.m.

Notes’ Coffee Shop

Come and watch the election with the community! Bring your ballots to mail in/ballot stub if you have already mailed in your ballot (the blue strip at the top of the ballot that you remove that has the “I Voted” oval on it) and get 10% off your coffee. RSVP here.

 

Election Results Viewing Party Tuesday Nov. 6th, 2018 | 8-10 p.m.

Stuen 1st floor lounge

Join ASPLU LuteVote in viewing the results of the 2018 election! Bring some homework, drop in when you can, enjoy some free snacks, and find out which initiatives passed this year and who will be our representatives. RSVP Here.

 

Ballot Drop-off Party Thursday Nov. 1st, 2018 | 11 – 1 and 4-6

AUC Gray area

Come party with us as you turn in your ballot! We have free stamps for out of state students (WA ballots don’t need a stamp this year!), free snacks and drinks, music, and a political themed photo booth! Come show off you fulfilling your civic duty and have fun with us in the gray area of the UC, this Thursday!

If you can’t make the event, you can still turn in your ballot to the campus concierge desk up until November 5th (if voting on the 6th turn it in to the Parkland/Spanaway Library dropbox by 8 p.m.). Free stamps available at concierge for out of state ballots! RSVP here.

 

Elect! Workshop – Statewide and Federal Elections Monday 29nd, 2018 | 6:30 pm

AUC 201

Do you want to be an informed voter before casting your ballot this November? Come to the ASPLU LuteVote Election workshops! This one will focus on statewide and federal politics, such as initiatives, the senate race, and our congressional race. Information will be shared in a non-partisan manner so you can make an informed choice. Free snacks will be provided! RSVP here.

 

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.

 

Elect! Workshop – Local Politics Monday 22nd, 2018 | 6:30 pm

AUC 201

Do you want to be an informed voter before casting your ballot this November? Come to the ASPLU LuteVote Election workshops! This one will focus on local politics, such as our legislative district and the library initiative. Information will be shared in a non-partisan manner so you can make an informed choice. Free snacks will be provided! RSVP here. 

 

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.

 

Civic Discourse and Engagement Wednesday October 3rd, 2018 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Hong Hall LRC

As we lead into the Senate debate, learn about how to engage civically with your peers! This event will feature a panel of experts across campus, mini-debates led by the PLU Debate team, and a presentation on activism and civic engagement by ASPLU. This event is sponsored by the PLU Debate team, ASPLU, the Philosophy department, and the Communication department.

 

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. RSVP and more info on Facebook here.

 

Constitution Day: Constitutional Rights for All-Documented and Undocumented Friday September 14th, 2018 | 10:30 a.m.

Regency Room

Attorney and Keynote Speaker: Malou Chávez

Malou Chávez, NWIRP’s Deputy Director and is also currently serving as a staff attorney in the Family Services Unit in Seattle. Malou directly represents people in family-based visa petitions and defends people in removal proceedings. Her prior work in NWIRP’s Moses Lake and Wenatchee offices focused on representing survivors of violence in rural eastern Washington obtain immigration relief. Malou received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and she is a graduate of Seattle University School of Law.

A panel conversation including:
Tiffany Artime, Psychology
Jen Rude, University Pastor

Moderated by:
Maria Chavez, Political Science

For more information, contact Dr. Maria Chavez of the Political Science department at chavezml@plu.edu