GW Votes

Ace the Midterms!

GW Votes



GW has the one of the most policitcally active student populations 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.



Upcoming Events

Sept 25th - National Voter Registration Day @ University Yard – 11am-4pm

Join us for National Voter Registration Day and sign-up for Turbovote, connect with politically active student organizations, and learn more about voting! Food and refreshments will be provided!

RAIN SITE: Continental Ballroom. 

Sept 26th GW Votes and the George Washington Museum and Textile Museum Present: Celebrating and Envisioning the Four Freedoms

11 am to 5 pm, Conference Room at the George Washington Museum and Textile Museum

This event is a bipartisan event that will provide the opportunity for students to share their thoughts on what Franklin D. Roosevelt called the four freedoms:

  • The freedom of speech and expression.
  • The freedom to worship in the way you choose.
  • Freedom from want.
  • Freedom from fear.

We invite students to explore what these freedoms mean to them, how they see these freedoms demonstrated in our society today, and how they envision these freedoms to evolve when contemplating the future of our country. This event includes activities and dialogues that students and community members can participate in at their leisure.

Voter registration will be encouraged and available during the event. Sign-up to volunteer

October 3rd - School of Public Health Voter Registration Drive @ Milken Institute School of Public Health - 3:30pm-5:30pm

Voter registration will be encouraged and available at the entrance.

October 13th - Voter Registration Drive @ Mount Vernon Campus Quad - 4pm-7pm

Sign-up to volunteer. 

October 18th - Party at the Mailbox @ Kogan Plaza

Join us for a party at the "mailbox" and mail in your absentee ballots through the US Postal Service. You can also connect with politically active student organizations, and learn more about voting! Food and refreshments will be provided!

RAIN SITE: Marvin Center First Floor Elevators

November 6th - Election Day Party at the Polls @ Square 80 – 11am-4pm

Join us for our election day celebration! Food and refreshments will be provided!

#GW Votes Tabling @ Marvin Center First Floor - 10 am - 2 pm

October 1st , October 3rd, October 10th, October 15th

GW Votes Competitions

We are excited to partner with Residence Life, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and GW Athletics for GW Votes competeitions. The residence hall(s), Greek organization(s), and athetic team(s) with the highest percentage of students signed up for TurboVote will win a pizza party/social! All three competition winners will be announced at the Men's Basketball Home Opener against Stony Brook on November 6th.

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


National Organization Partners and Reports

GWU - National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) Report (2012 and 2016)

GWU - National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) Report (2014)

Young Invincibles

ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

National Campus Compact Education for Democracy

Andrew Goodman Foundation Vote Everywhere