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. 

Not sure where to register to vote this year? Check out Campus Vote Project's Fall 2020 Voter Guide, or download this helpful PDF.  If you need to register or request an absentee ballot you can do so using TurboVote.

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 goal is to see 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.

Check out our TurboVote 101 videos on YouTube if you need any help with your account or registration.

Sign up for TurboVote


No matter what subjects we pursue, we have all come to GW to change the course of history!  One way to change the course of history is to vote! This year, we are fostering a friendly competition among GW's schools and colleges to see which one can register the most voters this year using GW's voter registration tool, TurboVote.

To register and support your school, please use the link provided by your school to register -- and to VOTE! 

Remember that during the pandemic you may want to mail in your ballot or vote early, so think and act to vote today! #BeVoteReady


Monday, September 21 - October 2 - My Vote Means Social Media Campaign

Join us on Instagram @GWServes to see what voting means to the GW Community. We will share our "My Vote Means" template and encourage the entire GW Community to share what voting means to them and tag us on Instagram @GWServes. You can find the template highlighted on our page under "GW Votes."


Tuesday, September 22 - National Voter Registration Day

All Day

Join us on September 22 for the biggest National Voter Registration Day ever! For many of you, this is your first time eligible to vote. For others, voting is something you have been able to do for a long time. Either way, NOW is the time to make sure you have a plan to vote so you can be #VoteReady before the 2020 election.  Register or get help requesting an absentee ballot TODAY to make sure you are ready to vote on or before election day: Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020.  


Tuesday, September 22 - GW Votes and Campus Living and Residential Education Present: Voting 101

8:00pm ET via Zoom

Join a panel of students and faculty as they discuss the importance and history of voting! Attendees will also be able to learn more about resources available to students on campus and off. Not sure how to get started with voting? Sign-up at TurboVote makes sure students always know when elections are happening and have the information they need to vote with confidence.



Friday, October 2 - Fireside Chat with Democracy Works

1pm-2:30pm ET via Zoom

In collaboration between the Nashman Center, the School of Media & Public Affairs and the GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, this event will discuss voting, the upcoming elections, and how innovation and social entrepreneurship can promote civic engagement. Join us to hear important insights from guest speakers from DemocracyWorks and GW Votes! This session will be moderated by Frank Sesno, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the GW School of Media and Public Affairs. 



Monday, October 5 - Friday, October 9 - National Voter Education Week (Various Events Below)


Wednesday, October 7 - Race, the Right to Vote, and Voter Suppression Virtual Panel

4:00pm ET via TBD

A multidisciplinary overview of voter rights, led by an expert panel of GW faculty members. Co-sponsored by GW Law’s American Constitution Society, ACLU, and Black Law Student Association.

Questions or Accessibility Needs? Contact [email protected]. Can't make it? Receive recordings of the Panels by signing up here.

Registration Info Coming Soon!


Thursday, October 8 - Find Your Voice. Find Your Vote.

7:00pm ET via Zoom

Join us for a conversation with Ashlynn Profit, National Press Secrety at We All Vote & Civic Nation. Co-sponsored by GW Votes and Phi Beta Sigma. Register.


Friday, October 9 - On the Ground 2020: Voting Rights Rundown Virtual Panel

12:00pm ET via Google Meet

Voters are more engaged than ever , but nearly half expect to face barriers to voting (Pew Research). Hear from voting rights lawyers and organizers working to protect the right to vote in the 2020 Election, focusing on key issues: re-enfranchisement of incarcerated or previously-incarcerated individuals and litigation surrounding access to the polls in light of COVID. Sponsored by the GW Law American Constitution Society (ACS). Questions or Accessibility Needs? Contact [email protected]. Can't make it? Receive recordings of the Panels by signing up here.

Learn More.


Friday, October 9 - Reinventing Civic Engagement for the Next Generation of Leaders 

4:30pm ET 

Join the Clinton Global Initiative University and Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, for a moderated discussion with alumni of the Up to Us program, about the important role that young people can play in reinventing civic engagement, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists include:

  • Anne Green, Undergraduate Coordinator at the Center for Civic Justice, Stony Brook University
  • George Batah, Schwarzman Scholar and Co-Founder of Syrian Youth Empowerment
  • Zaynab Abdi, Immigrant and Refugee Youth Ambassador at Green Card Voices

This is an external event hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative University. Learn more and register here.



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. 



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