Our Vision

The Emory Votes Initiative fosters a more civically engaged campus by providing voter information, increasing voter turnout, and empowering our community with credible political resources. Emory students, staff, and faculty developed this nonpartisan initiative to strengthen and centralize voting efforts on campus. Let’s take the first step toward civic engagement together!

One Emory, your vote, our future.

Students and the Census

For the 2020 Census, students should still be counted at their Emory addresses—even if they have left for the spring and summer. Read on for details for residential and off-campus students.


[Source: U.S. Census Bureau]


Georgia voters can request absentee ballots to vote in May

Georgia has postponed its presidential primary election to May 19. That date was already scheduled for state and local primary races, including the race for one U.S. Senate seat. If you already voted in the presidential primary in March, that vote counts, and you will need to vote again for the remaining May races. If you did not vote yet, your May ballot will contain all the races. 

For the first time ever, Georgia’s secretary of state will mail absentee ballot applications, i.e., request forms, to all active Georgia voters. To get your actual paper ballot, either fill out that request form and mail it to your county elections office (and then continue at step 4 below)—or simply download the form and email it in:

  1. Log into the Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page. Under “Absentee Ballot Request Form” click to download a blank application. You can also go straight to that application pdf here.

  2. Fill out the application completely. Put your county at the top: probably DeKalb, maybe Fulton. Check the party whose primary ballot you’d like. Give your full legal name and the address at which you registered (if you’re unsure, check My Voter Page). Underneath that, you may check a box and provide a different temporary address, where they will mail your ballot. Be sure to sign. Save.

  3. Email your completed application, as an attachment, to your county.
    All others: Consult your county elections office.

  4. Once they send it to you, fill out your paper absentee ballot, following all instructions carefully. New voters might need to include a copy of ID. Questions? See details from the Secretary of State or call your county registrar. 

  5. Mail your ballot back in the envelopes provided, adding stamps for first-class postage. It must arrive at your county elections office no later than May 19. You can track its progress in the Absentee Ballot section of your voter page until it’s marked received

Congratulations! You have voted. Thank you for your civic engagement, and all best wishes from the Emory Votes Initiative.

EVI Resources for your Classroom or Events!

Click to access Emory Votes Initiative Documents (and videos once done) to learn how to get your class, group, or event signed up for TurboVote.

What is TurboVote? | How to Table | TurboVote Informational Guide



Emory received recognition from
the ALL IN Campus Democracy
for student voter turnout;
Bronze award for Oxford;
Gold award for Atlanta.

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Emory University and Oxford College are participating in the All IN Democracy Challenge which empowers colleges and universities to achieve excellence in student democratic engagement. Learn more about the challenge.

Georgia’s My Voter Page: https://www.mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do

Ballotpedia, Ballotpedia is the digital encyclopedia of American politics and elections: https://www.ballotpedia.org/Main_Page

EVI has several ways for students, faculty, and staff to participate in voter education and awareness throughout the year. EVI has student interns, working groups, a steering committee and is primarily under the Center for Civic and Community Engagement. To stay up to date on current ways to get involved, or want to know more, email emoryvotes@emory.edu.

Get updates from our Bi-Weekly EVI Newsletter! Want to be on the list? Email emoryvotes@emory.edu.

To increase visibility and engagement the committee is tabling at events like Wonderful Wednedsays, Homecoming, etc.



Emory University experts are available to provide commentary on a broad range of topics related to the 2020 presidential election including health care policy, polling, voting behavior, gender and politics, and race and politics, among others.

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