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OC Votes – Engaging in Democracy

OC Votes provides a space to learn about the programming and participation opportunities at Oberlin College related to voting and elections.

In keeping with Oberlin’s commitment to the role of education in fostering vibrant democracy, OC Votes promotes student engagement with this election season using the academic and creative skills of a liberal arts and conservatory education.

This space provides two major pathways to engagement:

  1. participation in the democratic process through voter registration and voter education, and
  2. programming that offers opportunities to think through and engage with the complex issues this election cycle has raised.

Voting Resources

Election Information

Check Your Registration

National Mail Voter Registration Form

Request an Absentee Ballot

Lorain County Board of Elections

Find Your Lorain County Polling Location

Vote: Then Spread the Word

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One of the easiest ways to encourage voter engagement is through imagery. OC Votes is providing several Zoom backgrounds and Facebook cover photo templates for you to use to show others that you’ve voted.

Be among those who proudly say “I voted.” Download the background of your choice and resize to use on Zoom, Facebook, and other social media platforms to spread the word.

Related News

This Week in Photos: Debate Watch in Wilder Bowl

October 12, 2020

While Vice President Mike Pence and challenger Kamala Harris faced off in Salt Lake City, Utah, last week, a gathering of 110 Oberlin College students spread out in Wilder Bowl to watch the debate on a giant screen.

Be Proud to Say ‘‘I Voted’’

Use the Zoom backgrounds and Facebook cover photo templates to tell the world that you have voted. Should you need help in applying them to Zoom or your social media accounts, visit Zoom and Facebook.

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Voting Resources for Students

Find essential information for student voters—including Ohio registration deadlines, absentee ballot instructions, and more.

Oberlin College opened the doors of its John W. Heisman Field House to allow for students and community members to cast their ballots in person on election day. The facility was prepped as a polling place to include socially distanced voting booths and other safety measures.

A student wearing a protective mask walks on an indoor track toward a voting booth.
The indoor track at Oberlin College’s John W. Heisman Field House served as an on-campus voting location.
Photo credit: Yvonne Gay