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Center for Civic Engagement

Cougs Vote

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Voting is part of being an active citizen, and your vote can make a difference. For instance, in the 2004 race for governor in Washington, Christine Gregoire won by only 129 votes, and only 60% of eligible citizens voted!

Cougs Vote is an ongoing democratic engagement campaign to help students register to vote, stay aware of upcoming voter deadlines, and become more informed and involved with issues they're passionate about.

Find out how you can get involved using the CCE's Democratic Engagement Guide, and the Cougs Vote WSU Library Guide is a great resource to find the voting information you're looking for!


Student Voting Engagement Hub

In accordance with RCW 29A.40.180, and in partnership with the CCE, ASWSU, the CUB, and Whitman County Auditor, WSU will be hosting a Student Voting Engagement Hub where students and community members can pick up voter pamphlets and print ballots. On Election Day, people will also be able to register to vote. The Hub will be in the CUB Jr. Ballroom with the following hours of operation:

  • Friday, October 30 - 10 am - 6 pm
  • Monday, November 2: 10 am - 8 pm
  • Tuesday, November 3 (Election Day): 8 am - 8 pm

As an institution, WSU participates in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, including the Pac-12 Voting Challenge!


Student Voting Rates for WSU from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE):

2014 and 2018 NSLVE Report

2012 and 2016 NSLVE Report

For accessible versions of these reports, contact Ben Calabretta at ben.calabretta@wsu.edu.

Basic Guidelines for Washington Residents (more resources below)
  • Register online at VoteWA.gov.
  • Register in person at your County Auditor's office.
  • You can vote anytime between the start of the voting period (when your ballot is mailed to you) and Election Day.
  • Ballots can be returned via USPS (with provided envelope with prepaid postage), to a County Auditor office, or dropped at a Ballot Drop Box. You can look up your drop off locations by logging in to VoteWA.gov.
  • You will receive a voter pamphlet in the mail before the voting period begins that provides an overview of your ballot. Your pamphlet can also be viewed by logging in to VoteWA.gov.
  • You can update your address and other information online through the online registration deadline at VoteWA.gov.