Voter Engagement

Student Civic Engagement works alongside university departments, colleges, and community organizations to provide a list of opportunities for voter registration and voter engagement programming for Georgia State University students, faculty, and staff to engage.


Frequently Asked Questions

You can check your voter registration status directly with your state.

YES! You have the right to register to vote at your school address – this includes a residence hall. Any student living in a residence hall is entitled to the same rights as any other student. To imply otherwise is illegal. If you receive mail in a Post Office box you can sign an affidavit (or, in some cases, get a letter from University Housing) asserting that you live at your residence hall address.

No. Your form will not be processed if you put a P.O. Box as your permanent address. For districting purposes, you must put a physical address. There is a section of the form to put your mailing address, in addition to your physical address.

Yes, if you have changed your address, changed your name, or need to change your political party, you must re-register.

The voter registration age requirement varies by state, but most states allow individuals who will be 18 by the next election to register to vote. Some states do have a minimum age requirement to register to vote (for example you may have to be 17 ½ years of age). Check out your secretary of state webpage for the voter registration eligibility requirements in your state.

Voting Rights Series: What happened? (hosted by The GSU Foundation and Women's Philanthropy Network at Georgia State University) - Wednesday, November 11, 2020 Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Optimistically scheduled for one week after Election Day, join the Women’s Philanthropy Network at Georgia State to discuss what the election results tell us about who voted and why. Our political experts include GSU Professor Dr. Amy Steigerwalt and Emory Professor Dr. Andra Gillespie.

View What happened? 


Healing the Divide (Sponsored by Georgia State University's Civil Discourse Forum of the GSU Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics Program, and the Democratic Insecurities Teaching and Research Group of the Center for Human Rights and Democracy) - Tuesday, November 10, 2020 – 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Post-election meeting with students from the University of North Georgia, University of Georgia, and Georgia State University to explore how to move the country forward using Braver Angels methodology.

Healing the Divide RSVP 


REFLECTIONS ON THE ELECTION – Event Series, Around the Table: Listening & Learning from Election 2020 - Friday, November 6, 2020 – 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Join members of your GSU community for a time to share reflections on the election and learn strategies for staying well during times of change. Facilitated by GSU Counseling Center and Office of the Dean of Students staff.

Listening & Learning from Election 2020 RSVP 


REFLECTIONS ON THE ELECTION – Event Series, Engaging Differences through Civil Discourse - Thursday, November 5, 2020 – Noon-1 p.m.

Join us as we explore the key principles and best practices to engage differences constructively, find common ground, and move our nation forward.

Engaging Differences through Civil Discourse RSVP 


REFLECTIONS ON THE ELECTION – Event Series, Election Debrief “Pop Talk” - Wednesday, November 4, 2020 – 12:15-1:30 p.m.

As election day approaches on November 3, join the Multicultural Center for a special post-election “Pop Talk.” This virtual event will serve as a debrief safe space for students to express their thoughts, opinions, and feelings about our national election and its impact on day-to-day life. Professional staff will help navigate this conversation and will help participants actively and wholly reflect on the election outcome. Join us here: Election Debrief Pop Talk

View Pop Talks: An Election Day Debrief 


Men's Leadership Experience - Wednesday, November 4, 2020 – 3-4 p.m.

The program brings together a diverse group of predominately male students and guest speakers across backgrounds, cultures, and experiences to explore and better understand ways to effectively model leadership in society.

Men's Leadership Experience RSVP 


Stay Woke and Vote: Election Day Virtual Party (Hosted by the Multicultural Office) - Tuesday, November 3, 2020, All Day

Join the Multicultural Center for a special “Talk Tuesday!” where we, alongside campus and community partners, keep you informed in real-time about everything pertaining to voter engagement on election day with our #StayWokeAndVote virtual party!

Multicultural Office Instagram Live 


IN-PERSON Election Night Watch Party (Hosted by SGA and Panthers Vote Coalition) - Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 6-10 p.m., Student Center Ballroom, 55 Gilmer St SE, Atlanta, GA 30303

Looking for a socially distanced event on election night? We will be hosting an election night watch party from 6-10 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom! Regardless of your political affiliation, we invite you to come join us in watching this historic election come to an end. This event is an excellent opportunity to converse with your fellow classmates and meet new people on campus. We've done our parts by voting, and now it is time to see our results!

IN-PERSON Election Night Watch Party RSVP 


EARLY VOTING LOCATION ON CAMPUS for Fulton County registered voters! - Tuesday, October 27 to Thursday, October 29 – 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m., Student Center East Ballroom

Cast your ballot early on the Atlanta Campus! Georgia State is a Fulton County early voting site and you can vote from Tuesday, October 27 to Thursday, October 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Student Center East Ballroom, 55 Gilmer Street SE. Parking will be free in the M Deck on those days. To vote at this site you must be a registered voter in Fulton County. To confirm details of where you are registered to vote and when/how to do so, check out the information on


Vote with your Hands or your Feet? - Thursday, October 29, 2020, 3:45 - 5:00 p.m.

We often trace political participation to a place of residence. Historically, many peoples have had restricted opportunities to express their political views by voting in the places they live. This panel explores whether voting in place or exercising a freedom to move elsewhere is best for securing key political interests.

Join a virtual discussion on this important topic, featuring:

· Michael Evans, Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Georgia State University

· Andra Gillespie, Associate Professor (Political Science) and Graduate Faculty of Emory Sociology, Director of The James Weldon Johnson Institute, Emory University

· Ilya Somin, Professor of Law, George Mason University

Audience Q&A will follow. Questions? Contact D.C. Hardaway

Vote with your Hands or your Feet? RSVP 


Voting Rights Series: Women Leading the Way (hosted by The GSU Foundation and Women's Philanthropy Network at Georgia State University) -  Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Learn the many ways GSU is providing opportunities to its students to seek leadership positions. Women Lead founder Dr. Nancy Mansfield and her GSU colleague Dr. Sarah Gershon will be joined by Emory Professor Dr. Pearl Dowe to discuss how to encourage young women to succeed in business, policy, and politics.

View Women Leading the Way 


The (In)Significance of Voting: a Panel Discussion - Thursday, October 8, 2020, 2:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Part of the Fall 2020 Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics series, “Ethics and the 2020 Elections”.

Voting is considered one of the cornerstones of a free society. Critics worry, though, that voters are ill-equipped to understand public policies and lack the will and incentives to hold elected officials accountable. Others warn that voting is a crucial mechanism for securing key liberties. Join us for a panel discussion on this crucial topic about the place of voting in a free society.

Jason Brennan, Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.
Suzanne Dovi, Associate Professor of the School of Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona.
Wendy Smooth, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, College of Arts and Sciences, The Ohio State University

Audience Q&A will follow. Questions? Contact D.C. Hardaway

The (In)Significance of Voting RSVP 


Big Ideas series: September 2020 - Voting Rights (Hosted by Leadership Programs) - Thursday, September 24, 2020, 3 – 4 p.m.

This September, we will be exploring the timely issue of voting rights. There have been significant conversations in the media about voting rights and access in America. We will take a deep dive into this topic to understand how voter purges, voter id laws, and polling locations influence voting rights.

Check out more information on the Big Idea series!

Big Ideas Series: September 2020 - Voting Rights RSVP 


Voting Rights Series: Voting and Voter Suppression (hosted by The GSU Foundation and Women's Philanthropy Network at Georgia State University) - September 23, 2020 Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Understand the political and procedural barriers to voting and how they can be overcome. Former Georgia Secretary of State (and current Dean of Mercer Law School) Cathy Cox, ACLU Executive Director Andrea Young, and GSU Professor Dr. Jennifer McCoy will discuss best practices in encouraging maximum voter participation.

View Voting and Voter Suppression 


Constitution Day Trivia (Hosted by Spotlight Programs Board) - September 14-18, 2020

Join Spotlight and learn more about the constitution, voting, and your rights. Take part in our trivia by completing the RSVP form that contains the quiz questions. Screenshot your participation and attend another voter engagement program at any GSU campus to receive a small prize.

Pick up your prize at the Spotlight Office in Student Center East, Suite 316, and participating PAC campuses by Monday, September 21, 2020.

Constitution Day Trivia RSVP 


“Protecting Democracy,” (Hosted by FairDistricts GA) - Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. 

Attend "Protecting Democracy" to learn how individuals and small groups make a difference. Author and national activist, David Daley will discuss his experiences and successes with grassroots organizing and changing laws around the U.S. Leaders from three Georgia-based groups will discuss their work to protect voting rights and involve Georgia's voters in the fight to protect democracy.


Rights & Rebels Series: A Constitution/Citizenship Day Conversation to Know Your Rights & the Rebels on the Front line of Reform (Hosted by the Multicultural Center) - Thursday, September 17, 2020, from Noon - 1 p.m.

Join the Multicultural Center in collaboration with the College of Law to learn more about your rights, how to exercise them, and activists and allies that have been on the frontline for reform.


Amy Steigerwalt on Women in Politics, Women voting (Hosted by Barbara Robertson & History and Political Science Department at Perimeter College) - Thursday, September 17, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. 

Assistant Professor in Political Science Amy Steigerwalt of Georgia State University will discuss women in politics, especially the challenges women face in getting re-elected.

Women in Politic, Women Voting Recording 


The 19th Amendment and African American women (Hosted by Robert Woodrum & History and Political Science Department at Perimeter College) - Wednesday, September 16, 2020, from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. 

Dr. Lisa Shannon from the African American Studies Department will discuss the 19th amendment and African American Women.

The 19th Amendment and African American women Recording 


The Political Races on the Ballot and Voting in the 2020 Presidential Election; presentation by Barbara Robertson of GSU(Hosted by History and Political Science Department at Perimeter College) - Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at Noon

Senior Lecturer in Political Science Barbara Robertson of Georgia State University will present on the races and voting in the 2020 Presidential Election.

The 2020 Election Recording 


A National Forecasting model for the 2020 Presidential election(Hosted by the Clarkston HAP Club) - Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 2:00 p.m.  

Alan Abramowitz, a nationally prominent political scientist at Emory, will present his national forecasting model for the presidential election.

A National Forecasting Model Recording 


“American Women's Rights 1776-1920.” presentation by Tamra Ortgies-Young and Kari Miller (Hosted by History and Political Science Department at Perimeter College) - Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. 


First Amendment and Free Expression presented by Associate Vice President and Dean of Students, Dr. Michael Sanseviro (Hosted by Student Civic Engagement & Dean of Students) - Monday, September 14, 2020, at Noon

This is a presentation on First Amendment and Free Expression, especially focusing on balancing the challenges of free speech in an environment of hate speech, as well as topics related to protest and student's rights.


Health Care Access and the 2020 Election - Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 3:30-4:45 p.m.

Access to health care is among the most controversial issues in our society. It impacts our election. There are special concerns over different opportunities for health care services among residents of the US, especially for members of marginalized communities. This event will consider how the ethics of health care matters for election policy and decisions.

Part of the Fall 2020 Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics series, “Ethics and the 2020 Elections”.

Join us for a virtual panel discussion of the ethics of health care access and political participation, featuring:
• Rodney Lyn, Interim Dean of GSU School of Public Health, Associate Professor, Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Strategic Initiatives
• Seema Mohapatra, Assoc. Prof. of Law and Dean’s Fellow, Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law
• Yolonda Wilson, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Howard University
• Ruqaiijah Yearby, Prof. of Law at Saint Louis University School of Law; Executive Director and Co-Founder, Institute for Healing Justice and Equity

Q&A to follow.


Fall 2020 Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics series: Political Protest and the 2020 Elections - Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 3:30-4:45 p.m. 

In times of great social unrest, what role does political protest, sometimes using violence, play in our elections?

Join us for a virtual panel discussion of the ethics of political protest featuring:
• Candice Delmas, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Political Science, Northeastern University.
• Natasha Lennard, New School for Social Research, author and journalist.
• Akinyele Umoja, Professor of African American Studies, Georgia State University

Q&A to follow.


Voting Rights Series: Celebrating the 19th Amendment (hosted by The GSU Foundation and Women's Philanthropy Network at Georgia State University) - August 26, 2020 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Learn how women fought tirelessly for over 70 years to win the right to vote and how the struggle to vote continues today. Many of the voter suppression issues of today can be understood by understanding the history of voting rights.
Celebrating the 19th Amendment Recording