Our non-partisan "Pacific Votes" program encourages everyone to be an active participant and vote safely during the pandemic. Get all of your voting during COVID-19 questions answered.
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:
The Spring 2019 "Video for Community Engagement" class explored the three steps in a series of whimsical and informative short videos:
- Registering in Oregon by Pacific University student Rustin Williams.
- Casting a Ballot in Oregon by Pacific University student Abby Weinman.
- Absentee Ballots by Pacific University student Cullen Dallas.
- First Year Student Perspective by Pacific University student Tui Tuitele and featuring Carmen Bruno.
- Making Informed Decisions feat. Reverend Chuck Currie by Pacific University student Delaney Dallas.
- Making Informed Decisions feat. Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Narce Rodriguez by Pacific University student Cassidy Inman.
- Making Informed Voting Decisions feat. Prof. Jim Moore by Pacific University student Sebastian Herr.
- The Power of Collective Action by Pacific University student Brendan Swogger and featuring Sophia O'Neal.
- Advocacy, Activism & Voting by Pacific University student Julie Crumb and featuring Seema Khatcherian.
- Difficult Political Conversations Slide Show - prepared by Dr. Jim Moore
- Political Conversations with Civility - quick sheet
- Civic Alliance Election Day & Post-Election Resources
- Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) Faculty Resources
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!
Constitution Day | Sept. 17, 2020
National Voter Registration Day | Sept. 22, 2020
Hawai`i Voter Registration Deadline | Oct. 5, 2020
Oregon Voter Registration Deadline | Oct. 13, 2020
California Voter Registration Deadline | Oct. 19, 2020
Washington Voter Registration Deadline | Oct. 26, 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 2012 & 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. If you're a student, faculty/staff member, alum, or community member - we need your input! Please email us for more information and to join us efforts.