The 2020 United States elections is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
All 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives, 35 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate, and the office of President of the United States will be contested.
You have options
Pacific Votes! in Oregon and in other home states, by mail and in person— the possibilities are endless. So, how do you figure out which plan is best for you? We're here to help.
You take the pledge, we do the work: our Pacific Votes! Fall 2020 Voter Pledge asks you 8 simple questions and is open to all Pacific students, faculty, and staff. Once you take the pledge, we'll follow up with a customized email including everything you need to register, cast a ballot, and make informed voting decisions - exactly how, when, and where you want. Then we'll be available any time you need to ask questions or get help putting your voting plan into action.
Every Friday between 9/25 and 10/23 we'll be be giving away a prize pack to a randomly selected participant. Pledge early for the best chance to win! Prize packs include VOTE masks, campus bookstore gift certificates, Starbucks cards, and much more. Check the MCCE Instagram for specifics each week!
So, what should I expect if I am casting a ballot in...
What to know: Oregon votes entirely by mail. Voters who will be away during the election can request an absentee ballot by updating their mailing address here or by completing and mailing back this form.
Registered voters should receive their ballot by Oct. 20. Ballots can be returned by mail (no stamp required) or drop box. Mailed ballots must be received by the county office by 8 p.m. PST on election day, so we recommend dropping in the mail no later than Oct. 27. The closest ballot box to FG Campus is facing campus on Pacific Ave., right in front of the Forest Grove City Library. Find another drop box close to your work, home, or campus here.
What to know: As of 2020 Hawai‘i votes entirely by mail, although there will be “voter service centers” opening ten business days before the election to provide in-person assistance if needed. Voters who are away during the election (e.g. attending school in Oregon) can request a one-time absentee ballot using this simple form to indicate where they would like their ballot mailed to.
Registered voters should receive their ballot approximately 18 days before the election (Oct. 16). Then, the ballot must be received by 7 p.m. HST on election day so we recommend dropping your ballot in the mail no later than October 27th. If you are living in Hawai`i, you can also choose to drop your ballot at a "voter service center" or "place of deposit" as an alternative to returning by mail.
What to know: California allows votes by mail or in person. If you are voting by mail, you must submit the Vote-By-Mail application no later than Oct. 27 (but earlier is better because ballot are mailed out starting Oct. 5).
Ballot returned by mail must be postmarked by election day. If you are voting in person you can find your polling place here.
Want to track your ballot? 25 counties are participating in the new Where's my Ballot? program— sign up to receive email, text, or phone notifications about your ballot.
What to know: Washington votes by mail and in person. All eligible voters are mailed a ballot— there is no advance application required - and your ballot will be mailed out 18 days before the election. You should receive it by Oct. 21.
Ballot must be postmarked by election day— Nov. 3, 2020 if returned by mail or you can use one of the Drop Boxes or Voting Centers found here.
What about COVID-19?
I registered to vote in Oregon but then moved home - what should I do? Is it even safe to vote in person?
We have answers to these questions and more answered at Voting During Covid-19. If you still have concerns and want to talk it through, email the McCall Center any time and we'll email you right back or hop on the phone to chat. We’re non-partisan - aka we will never tell you how to vote - but believe fiercely in democracy and helping you exercise this fundamental right.
Resources to get you started
The first step toward making your voice heard is to get registered— an easy process completed online and with lots of flexibility built-in for college students. Learn more about registering to vote.
Once you're registered, you should make plans for exactly how, where, and when you will cast your ballot. Learn more about casting a ballot.
Finally, you'll prepare to make your decisions. Learn more about making informed voting decisions.
Along the way, we'll have lots of events and opportunities to get involved. Check out the Pacific Votes calendar below or sign up for the monthly Civic Action Updates to stay in the loop. And don't forget to take the pledge to get personalized help with your voting plan.
Curious how Pacific students, faculty, and staff feel about voting? This video series was produced by Pacific students in the Spring 2019 semester of "Video for Community Engagement". Featuring many familiar faces, they are both informative and inspiring!
- Registering in Oregon
Pacific University student Rustin Williams '22 shares their thoughts on "Registering in Oregon".
- Casting a Ballot in Oregon
Pacific University student Abby Weinman '23 shares their thoughts on "Casting a Ballot in Oregon".
- Absentee Ballots
Pacific University student Cullen Dallas '20 shares their thoughts on "Voting via Absentee Ballot".
- First Year Student Perspective
Pacific University student Tui Tuitele '20 shares a "First Year Student Perspective" featuring Carmen Bruno '23.
- Making Informed Decisions feat. Reverend Chuck Currie
Pacific University student Delaney Dallas '20 interviews the Reverend Dr. Chuck Curry about "Making Informed Decisions".
- Making Informed Decisions feat. Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Narce Rodriguez
Pacific University student Cassidy Inman '23 interviews Chief Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer Narce Rodriguez about "Making Informed Decisions".
- Making Informed Voting Decisions feat. Prof. Jim Moore
Pacific University student Sebastian Herr '20 interviews political science professor Dr. Jim Moore about "Making Informed Decisions".
- The Power of Collective Action
Pacific University student Brendan Swogger '23 interviews Sophia O'Neal '20 about "The Power of Collective Action".
- Advocacy, Activism & Voting
Pacific University student Julie Crumb '21 interviews Seema Khatcherian '21 about "Advocacy and Activism".
Clearly, Pacific Votes! And this year - although we may live apart - we'll vote together in November. Join us.