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" or you can search "myvotemeans" in Instragram's GIF search!
Tuesday, September 22 - National Voter Registration 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 gwu.turbovote.org. 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 discussed voting, the upcoming elections, and how innovation and social entrepreneurship can promote civic engagement. Watch the recording to hear important insights from guest speakers from DemocracyWorks and GW Votes! This session was 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)
Monday, October 5 - Boys State Film Screening
Kick off National Voter Education Week with a special screening of Boys State. The sensational winner of the Grand Jury Prize for documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Boys State is a wildly entertaining and continually revealing immersion into a week-long annual program in which a thousand Texas high school seniors gather for an elaborate mock exercise: building their own state government. External event presented by Apple Original Films and A24 in partnership with Rock The Vote, Students Learn Students Vote Coalition and Voto Latino.
Wednesday, October 7 - Race, the Right to Vote, and Voter Suppression Virtual Panel
4:00pm ET via Zoom
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.
- History of Voting Policy: Eric Arnesen, Department of History
- African American’s Fight for the Vote: Erin Chapman, Department of History
- Criminalization and Voter Suppression: Fran Buntman, Department of Sociology
- Voter Suppression via Social Media: Spencer Overton, GW Law
- Cases and States to Watch in 2020: Stephen Pershing, GW Law
Thursday, October 8 - One Vote Film Screening Couch Party
Join us during National Voter Education Week to turnout the vote this election from the comfort of your own couch while watching a movie! Couch Partiers are external events sponsored by the Students Learn Students Vote Coalition, Andrew Goodman Foundation, Campus Election Engagement Project, Campus Vote Project, Student PIRGs, and Vote for Astra.
Thursday, October 8 - Find Your Voice. Find Your Vote.
Come join the Gamma Alpha Phi chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. and GW Votes as we discuss the importance of the black and brown vote in this upcoming election with our panelist Ashlynn Profit, the National Press Secretary for When We All Vote & Civic Nation, Manasi Moni-Trichur and Charles Aborisade, GW Students. This fruitful discussion aims to tackle issues such as barriers to voting, the black and brown electorate, and ways in which these communities can amplify their voices. Join us on Thursday, October 8 at 7pm to be a part of the discussion.
Friday, October 9 - On the Ground 2020: Voting Rights Rundown Virtual Panel
12:00pm ET via Zoom
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.
Friday, October 9 - Reinventing Civic Engagement for the Next Generation of Leaders
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.
Saturday, October 10 - What's On My Ballot?
Various Times ET via Zoom
2020 elections got you lost? Join a group of new and young nonpartisan voters as they discuss what's on your ballot. This event will feature four states. Click on each state to register.
Thursday, October 15 - Virtual Training Session with EMILY's List
6:00 PM EDT
Ready to ignite change? Join us in GW LWT's first training session of the year with Emily's List on October 15th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. Attendees will be trained as if they were candidates running for office, taught how to formulate their story and to use their voice to create change within their community. You don't want to miss out!
Monday, October 19 - Vote Early Day Couch Party
Join the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge, Vote for Astra and Vote Early Day for this live virtual text banking Couch Party to ensure everyone we know has a plan to vote early. We'll train you how to use the OutVote app to text contacts in your phone with pre-written messages to make a plan to be early voters this election while partying with live music.
Wednesday, October 21 - Mock Presidential Debate
8:30pm ET via Zoom
Join GW College Democrats tomorrow night at 8:30PM for our mock Presidential Debate with the GW College Republicans. Come support our debaters, Louie Kahn & Andrew Fingeret, as they square off against CR debaters!
Thursday, October 22 - GW Debate Watch Party
Want to practice one of the most effective organizing strategies we have this year while watching the debate? Join us for a relational organizing or "friend banking" event, where we'll spend time talking to people we know to make sure they are all set to vote and get involved ahead of the election. This event is not hosted by GW Votes central but is hosted by five student organizations: Swing Left GWU, GW College Democrats, March on the Campus, GW Students for Warren, GW Students for Joe Biden.
Saturday, October 24
- Vote Early Day! Vote Early Day is a new civic holiday founded by companies, nonprofits, election administrators, and influencers to make sure Americans know about and take advantage of our options to vote early. More than 200 million Americans are eligible to vote early but the rules -- both for in-person and by-mail options -- vary widely all over the country and have been changing recently, causing confusion and preventing voters from casting their ballots. The inaugural Vote Early Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 24th, ten days out from Election Day and on a weekend to ensure maximum participation. Learn More
- March to the Mailbox! Grab your ballots and your peers (Groups of 10) & Meet at Kogan Plaza at 10am to March to the Mailbox! Living Off Campus? You can still grab your ballots and join us by marching to your local mailbox or ballot drop off location! Tag us wearing your "I Voted" stickers! Please note different states have different ballot selfie laws, visit ballotpedia.org/Ballot_selfies.
- Hotline Bling: Phonebanking! March For Our Lives and GW Votes are getting together to host some super fun phone banking to remind voters to get out there and vote early. (2pm-3pm and 4pm-5pm ET). Register.
Monday, October 26 - Future of Political Discourse Debate
8:30pm ET via WebEx
Join the GW College Democrats, GW College Republicans, and No Labels GW for a debate on political discourse as well as our first ever podcast where you can interact and chat about the presidential debates and a recap of this unprecedented election cycle.
Monday, October 26 - Voting Rights
Join the Black Public Health Student Network (BPHSN), BGSA & BLSA for a panel discussion on the importance of the Black vote & exercising our voting rights! The keynote speaker and guest panelists include:
Dr. Majorie Innocent (NAACP, Senior Director of Health Programs),
Tevon Blair (President, Black Graduate Student Association), and
Kendall Lawrenz (Public Interest Chair, Black Law Student Association).
Tuesday, October 27 - ALL IN Challenge Couch Party
Join the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge and Vote for Astra for this live virtual text banking Couch Party to ensure everyone we know has a plan to vote. We'll train you how to use the OutVote app to text contacts in your phone with pre-written messages to make a plan to be a voter this election. Couch Parties are powered by the peer-to-peer texting app, OutVote. Check out this OutVote one page overview and this 5 minute OutVote video showing how volunteers will use OutVote to text contacts that are already in their phones.
Tuesday, October 27 - Staying Politically Engaged While Online
There are so many ways to stay politically active and politically engaged, even though most of us are not in Washington DC right now. Join us to learn about the many ways you can stay up-to-date on current issues and continue your civic engagement even while online. We'll be doing a scavenger hunt type event which will be fun and competitive! Hosted by No Lost Generation George Washington University.
Wednesday, October 28 - Movie Night!
Join GW Votes for a movie night featuring a new political satire movie! Once registered you will receive more information about this new hilarious movie and how to watch.