2020-2021 Student Handbook

Student Voting

The University encourages you to make your voice heard by getting informed and getting out to vote.

Each state has a different date that your registration information must be in, to qualify you to vote in that state. As a college student, you have the option of registering to vote in your home district or in the district that your college/university is located in. You can go to https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/ and click register to vote to see the registration deadlines in your home district.

The University’s tradition has been to hold voter registration drives leading up to key mid-term and presidential elections to assist our un-registered students in their efforts to get registered. To help with the voter registration process, we will also mail all collected registration forms.

If you think you will have a hard time getting to your home district to vote:

  • You may request an absentee ballot from the town clerk in your home district. MA residents can use the following link to request an absentee ballot:  http://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/eleabsentee/absidx.htm
  • Students wanting to vote in other states should follow the same instruction to request an absentee ballot. How can I apply for an absentee ballot? Apply in writing to your city or town clerk or election commission and include your: name, address as registered, ward and precinct (if you know them, address where you wish the absentee ballot sent, and your signature.
  • Contact Dean Mays (nmays@lesley.edu) or Felecia Bumpus (fbumpus@lesley.edu) for assistance with the absentee ballot request or any other registration or voting questions.