GW Votes

GW Votes logo over picture of student displaying voting sticker in Kogan Plaza



COVID-19 Voting Updates

The outbreak of COVID-19 across the United States has forced states to make changes to their primary election schedule. Luckily, voting by mail and other alternatives will make sure you can still cast your ballot with ease. Click here to see what changes may have happened in your state.

The General election will still take place on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020. Need to register or request an absentee ballot? You can do so here.

GW has one of the most politically active student bodies in the nation. GW Votes is a nonpartisan coalition of students, faculty and staff that promotes voter registration and participation among our students.

57.9% of GW students voted in the 2016 election, compared to 50.4% of all Americans. Our goals are to see 30% of students vote in 2018 and 65% of students vote in 2020.

TurboVote makes sure students always know when elections are happening and have the information they need to vote with confidence.

GW students can sign up to receive election reminders, get registered to vote and apply for their absentee ballot.

Sign up for TurboVote


The GW Votes initiative is guided by our All-In plan. This plan was created in partnership with the All-In Campus Democracy Challenge to guide our work throughout 2020.

We also set our goals off the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement from Tufts University Institute for Democracy & Higher Education. You can find our NSLVE reports for 2016 here and for 2018 here. 


Taskforce Members

The GW Taskforce on Voter Engagement is chaired by Amy Cohen, Executive Director of GW’s Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service within the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement.

Taskforce members include faculty and staff across multiple schools and departments, including:

Center for Student Engagement

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Government Relations
GW Law School

Multicultural Student Services Center

Office of Enrollment Management and the Student Experience

Office of External Relations

School of Medicine and Health Sciences


Students and student organizations are also well represented. Student members represent:

Graduate School of Education and Human Development

GW Black Law Student Association

GW College Democrats

GW College Republicans

Interfraternity Council

Multicultural Greek Council

Organization for Latino American Students

Residence Hall Association

Student Association

Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration