The MCCE hopes everyone will be an active participant in the democratic process and we are here to make sure every Pacific student has the resources they need to vote. Our non-partisan “Pacific Votes” program targets three stages of voter engagement: voter registration, voter education, and voter turnout.
During the lead-up to each election, we sponsor a wide range of on-campus events including a registration drive for National Voter Registration Day, debate viewing parties in the UC, and more. We can always use volunteers for these events! Calls for volunteers will be posted here as events are planned, but you can also email us any time to let us know of your interest and we will proactively notify you when political engagement opportunities arise.
Did you know?
As a college student, you have the choice to vote in Oregon or as an absentee resident of your home state. The entire process can be completed online and has lots of built in flexibility. Here’s the scoop on each step of the process:
As of 2019, the College Democrat and College Republican student clubs are housed in the MCCE. They are two of the many Service, Politics & Advocacy Clubs active on the Pacific Campus and they are working together to help students identify their political values and better understand party platforms, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of registering with a political party.
As we enter a new decade and a fraught election year, it is increasingly apparent that we need spaces on campus, and in our country, where people can hold civil conversations about their political beliefs. While hard, these conversations allow us to find common ground and to challenge, revise, and strengthen our own understanding of the world. Interested in this important work? The McCall Center for Civic Engagement is actively working to strengthen and grow the student-led College Republican & College Democrat clubs at Pacific and we need your help! Leadership and participation opportunities abound. Email us for more information and next steps.
Save The Date!
Oregon Primary Election Day | May 19, 2020
National Voter Registration Day | Sept. 22, 2020
Oregon Voter Registration Deadline | Oct. 13, 2020
US Presidential Election | Nov. 3, 2020
The Work We're Doing
Pacific University is committed to strengthening our support of American democracy by enhancing our students' awareness, motivation, and ability to participate in democratic institutions and processes. The non-partisan Pacific Votes program is guided by the Pacific University Action Plan for Strengthening American Democracy, created as part of our participation in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge.
Our participation in the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement allows us access to robust, de-identified information about our student body's voting rates. The most recent report compared Student Voting Rates for Pacific University in 2014 & 2018 (the previous report comparing 2016 and 2016 is here). We are pleased to make the report available for public perusal, as well as highlight the following key facts. Between 2014 and 2018, the report shows:
- across-the-board increases by age, class year, enrollment status, gender, and race/ethnicity
- the voting rate of registered students increased 17.4% and was up nearly 20% for both first-year and upper-class students
- a higher turnout rate than the national average for institutions of higher education (43.6% vs. 39.1%)
We believe these efforts bode really well for Pacific students' future democratic engagement & we are excited to continue this important work!
There's Still Work to Be Done
We just made Washington Monthly's list of Colleges Doing the Most to Get their Students to Vote for the second year in a row.
For what did we earn this honor? We are making an earnest effort to do better at empowering our students to vote and do so with good information and understanding. Doing better than the 51% of students who voted in 2016 or the 43% who voted in 2018 takes a collective effort, and we need a broad group of stakeholders to help our students participate in what feels like a momentous year. Plus, ANYONE can contribute to a work group, even those who cannot, for one reason or another, vote. Please take the announcement below to heart and consider this a way that you, too, can help to strengthen our democracy.
Call for Pacific Votes Working Group Participants:
We are currently developing a Pacific Votes Workgroup to help develop a long-term "Pacific Votes" strategic plan which is both inclusive and comprehensive--as well as iterative as we learn and adapt over time. Our target working group is composed of 12-15 members selected from a wide variety of stakeholders with diverse perspectives e.g. on-and off-campus constituent groups, identity-based communities, politically diverse communities, etc.
The working group will strive to: (a) garner the resources and brainpower to plan, implement, and improve the "Pacific Votes Action Plan" over time and (b) seek to create a more permanent and inclusive planning body based on interest, ability to meet and contribute to the working group, ability to help us develop and implement a plan that takes equity and diversity into account, and ability to connect with / represent students across the university.
Meeting times will be determined based on the availability of participants, but you can expect meetings to occur roughly every three weeks during Spring and Fall 2020 semesters, with the possibility of more frequent meetings for a short period leading up to the November presidential election.
If you are interested in participating in this Workgroup, please let us know using this form no later than February 14th. We will be in touch shortly to discuss next steps.