UB Votes Prepares Students for Their Civic Duty

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The UB Votes Program is giving students the knowledge and tools to do their civic duty.

Young people are a smaller percentage of people who show up to vote, and many times college students are not registered yet. For those who have just turned 18, voting may not be part of their routine. Their job is further complicated by the fact that every state has different rules. COVID-19 has changed things, as well, and college students are not alone in finding the process difficult.

“They are figuring out who they are and what their values are,” says Melanie Strout, the Director of Civic Engagement. “And the process is intimidating.” In order to help, the UB Votes program has created a series of virtual election education events. These range from a trivia night to a debate watch party to civics workshops.

These events will provide students with greater context to make their decisions, and will stress the importance of getting involved in civil society. “We want them to understand that their votes matter,” says Kelli Meyer, Director of the Center for Student Involvement. “Not just for president but for senator, mayor, and every elected position.”

Events are open to all UB students, faculty, and staff.


Important Voter Registration Deadlines

10/27 last day for CT
10/13 Last day for NJ
10/9 Last day for NY


2020 Virtual Election Education Events

10/01 The Legacy of RBG and What Happens Next?


Moderated discussion by Judge Lynda B. Munro and Kelly Scott, Esq. of Pullman & Comley on how the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg impacts the Supreme Court. What power does the Supreme Court hold? What are the likely scenarios that will play out in replacing the justice? Please submit any pre-event questions to mestrout@bridgeport.edu

Join Zoom Meeting: https://bridgeport.zoom.us/j/99163963686
Meeting ID: 991 6396 3686

10/07 Virtual Vice-Presidential Debate Watch Party


Join a live stream of the 2020 Vice Presidential Debate. Throughout the livestreams, there will be interactive activities, great prizes and conversations in response to the candidates!

Join Zoom Meeting: https://bridgeport.zoom.us/j/92481107814
Meeting ID: 924 8110 7814

10/15 Virtual Election Trivia


Fun Kahoot! Trivia game with prizes! Test out your election knowledge, learn something new, and how to register to vote in the upcoming election. Questions will range from debunking common myths about voting, history of elections, and Connecticut facts.

Join Zoom Meeting https://bridgeport.zoom.us/j/96775381864 
Meeting ID: 967 7538 1864

10/20- 10/22 Bridgeport Generation Now- Civics 101


Event hosted by Bridgeport Generation Now a local grass roots organization (FREE and open to the public) Virtual Workshops:

10/20 Power, Democracy, and You!
10/21 Public Safety & Community Accountability
10/22 Building an Anti-racist Democracy in Bridgeport: What will it take?

*See descriptions and registration instructions at: https://bptgennow.org/civics-101-workshop/

10/26-10/30 & 11/2-11/3 Pick Up I Voted Swag!

Various times and locations on campus!

Did you vote either in person or by mail? Come grab your “I Voted” Sticker and other UB Votes swag!

11/17 Virtual Election Debrief


Join the conversation to debrief what happened during the 2020 Election.

For more information, visit the UB Votes website.