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 four stages of voter engagement: registration, education, turnout, and post-election support.
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. You can find all currently scheduled Pacific Votes events here and all currently available resources (stamps, voter guides, and more!) here.
National Voter Registration Day | Sept. 20, 2022
National Voter Education Week | Oct. 3-7, 2022
Vote Early Day | Oct. 28, 2022
US Midterm Election | Nov. 8, 2022
Pacific Votes! Pledge
We strongly recommend all Pacific students take the Pacific Votes! Fall 2022 Pledge. When you take the pledge, you will receive a weekly email each Friday until November 4th letting you know what steps you need to take that weekend to make sure you feel confident casting your ballot when the time comes.
We will also hold a weekly prize drawing - pledge early for your best chance to win.
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:
- Registering to Vote (and checking your voter registration status)
- Casting a Ballot
- Making Informed Voting Decisions
Voter registration deadlines for the 2022 midterm election are quickly approaching. If you are registering by mail, your county clerk's office must receive your registration documentation no later than:
- Oregon: October 18
- Washington: October 31
- California: October 24
- Hawaii: October 29
- Idaho: October 14
- Find your state
Take the pledge to keep these and other deadlines in mind, and remember that everyone can check their voter registration and find resources to vote in all upcoming elections at trusted nonpartisan sites like BallotReady, BallotPedia, and Vote 411.
Want to be inspired?
The Spring 2019 "Video for Community Engagement" class explored the voting process in a series of whimsical and informative short videos:
- Registering in Oregon
by Pacific University student Rustin Williams '22.
- Casting a Ballot in Oregon
by Pacific University student Abby Weinman '23.
- Absentee Ballots
by Pacific University student Cullen Dallas '20.
- First Year Student Perspective
by Pacific University student Tui Tuitele '20 and featuring Carmen Bruno '23.
- Making Informed Decisions feat. Reverend Chuck Currie
by Pacific University student Delaney Dallas '20.
- Making Informed Decisions feat. Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Narce Rodriguez
by Pacific University student Cassidy Inman '23.
- Making Informed Voting Decisions feat. Prof. Jim Moore
by Pacific University student Sebastian Herr '20.
- The Power of Collective Action
by Pacific University student Brendan Swogger '23 and featuring Sophia O'Neal '20.
- Advocacy, Activism & Voting
by Pacific University student Julie Crumb '21 and featuring Seema Khatcherian '21.
- Bringing the 2022 Midterm Election into your classroom
- 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 face increasingly fraught election years, it has become 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.
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 2020, 2016, and 2012 (previous reports comparing 2018/2014 and 2016/2012 are also available). We are pleased to make the report available for public perusal, as well as highlight the following key facts. In 2020, the report shows:
- campus-wide voting rate increased by 16.5% from 2016 for a total of 67.5%
- this is a higher turnout rate than the national average for institutions of higher education (66%) and than than the general public (66.1%)
- specific student populations saw an even higher voting rate increase e.g.
- Student who identify as Asian: +29%
- Students who identify as American Indian / Alaska Native: +24%
- Students who identify as Black: +29%
- Students who identify as having 2 or more races: +19%
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
In 2021-2022 we were recognized as the first institution in the state of Oregon to receive "Voter Friendly Campus" status and we made Washington Monthly's list of Colleges Doing the Most to Get their Students to Vote for the fourth year in a row. For what did we earn these honors? 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 67.5% of students who voted in 2020 takes a collective effort, and we need a broad group of stakeholders to help our students participate in what feels like increasingly fraught election years. 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.