The Office for Civic and Social Engagement considers election participation central to its mission. As such, the office spends energy year-round on helping the campus and extended community to understand the vital role of its elected officials and the way citizens might engage those officials in their work. We take a four-pronged approach to election engagement including voter registration, voter education, voter mobilization (including absentee ballot assistance), and civil discourse.
Registering to vote is an essential step for all adults and grants us all the ability to help form and direct our local, state, and national governments. We encourage everyone to take the necessary initiative to ensure they are registered. It's as easy as using the button below to sign up via TurboVote OR use direct links for each state below to find instructions and applications where available. If your state requires mail-in application, you may need to print the application for voter registration depending on the state and you can find addresses of the County Clerk and/or Secretary of State on the same website as the application.
The links for online registration can often be used to verify and change addresses for already registered voters. Please note: You may need to scan, print, and send a copy of State ID (i.e. Driver's License, Permit, or Non-Driver ID) along with applications. If you're a student at Saint Mary's (or any other college or university), do not register to vote at your school address. Instead, use your home address to register that matches your State issued ID.
Register to vote as soon as possible in order to meet deadlines. **See Important Dates & Deadlines page to see when absentee ballot applications must be completed/mailed-in by. Contact information/links for finding addresses to mail in your registration form can also be found on that page. If you need help with anything especially with finding addresses for where to send a mail-in application, contact SMC Votes Coordinator Cadie Lourigan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
States that you can register to vote online:
Note**: North Dakota — does NOT require voter registration if you are already eligible resident.
States that you must register to vote through Mail-In Application:
Arkansas - Mail-In Voter Registration Application
Maine - Mail-In Voter Registration Application (See “How do I register to vote?”)
Mississippi - Mail-In Voter Registration Application
Montana - Mail-In Voter Registration Application
New Hampshire - Mail-In Voter Registration Application
New Jersey - Mail-In Voter Registration Application
South Dakota - Mail-In Voter Registration Application (Scroll Down.)
Texas - Mail-In Voter Registration Application (See “Get your application here.")
Wyoming - Mail-In Voter Registration Application
Voting by Absentee Ballot
Sometimes referred to as mail-in voting or voting early by mail, absentee ballots allow registered voters a method to cast their votes without needing to attend the polling location in person. While this is especially being discussed during the current pandemic, it's also a great solution for many individuals' mobility or transportation limitations or those who's busy schedule simply conflicts with the election date. We encourage you to utilize our link below to TurboVote or examine your options by the state you are currently registered in to vote.
It is HIGHLY recommended that you complete your absentee ballot application as soon as possible before the deadline. Visit the Important Dates & Deadlines page to see when absentee ballot applications must be completed or mailed-in for your state. Contact information for finding addresses to mail in your application form can also be found on that page. Remember, you may need to scan, print, and send a copy of State ID (i.e. Driver's License, Permit, or Non-Driver ID) along with applications.
If you need help with anything especially with finding addresses for where to send a mail-in application, contact SMC Votes Coordinator Cadie Lourigan at email@example.com.
Apply Online for Absentee Ballot:
Notes**: California — No Request for Absentee Ballot Necessary; click to see Governor's Order. Colorado — All Mail-In State, No Request for Absentee Ballot Necessary. Florida - Contact County Clerk to Apply for Absentee Ballot. Maryland — See "How do I request a mail-in ballot?" Utah — All Mail-in, Click to check voter registration and mailing address. Washington — All Mail-In, check registration, and mailing address.
Apply by Mail-In Application for Absentee Ballot:
Notes:** Hawaii — All Mail-In, No request necessary. Mississippi — Contact County Official for Mail-In Application for Absentee Ballot. Oregon — "Go to Absentee Voting". Tennessee — See “2. How can I request an absentee by-mail ballot?”