Voter Registration and Education
An institution that prides itself on "strengthening society" and "being the University the world needs now" is an institution that supports civic engagement at all levels. This includes voter education and registration.
Roger Williams University has joined the All In Challenge, a national movement to encourage college student voting. "The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge strives for a more inclusive democracy—one in which all voices are heard. We envision a country in which the electorate mirrors our country’s makeup and college students are democratically engaged on an ongoing basis, during and between elections, and not just at the polls."
Because RWU shares this vision, we have gathered a group of faculty, staff and students to gather resources, create programming and provide education around voting.
Data collected by the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE) shows that only 63.1% of registered RWU student voted in the 2016 presidential election and a mere 34.6% voted in the mid-term elections. We can do better than that!
Voting laws and procedures vary from state to state. Navigating these can be difficult for anyone, but attending college in a different town or state from your home can make things more complicated.
Below you will find resources that we believe will make your participation in the upcoming election easier. Never let anything keep you from the polls.
All In Challenge Committee 2020-2021
Adam Cavanaugh ’22, College Republicans and Student Senate, Co-Chair
KC Ferrara, Director, Feinstein Center, Co-chair
Kelly Blackhurst, Head Coach Women’s Field Hockey
Chrissy Gallardo, Community Director
Hannah Goodall, Learning Commons Coordinator
Dr. Allen Hance, Associate Provost for Community Engagement
Suzanne Harringon-Steppen, Associate Director of Pro Bono Programs, RWU Law School
Chris Higgins, Community Director
Zoila Quezada, Director of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Pamela Pereira, Assistant Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management, University College
Jason Regan ’22, College Democrats
Dr. Joseph Roberts, Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations
Jill Rodrigues, Director of Communications and Media Relations
Tara Stanzione, Community Director
This is a partial list of events. Details will be posted as they evolve. Please visit the All In Challenge page in Hawklink for updates.
September 22 - National Voter Registration Day
Voter registration resource tables on the sidewalk between the Law School and Campus Recreation Center from 11am - 3pm
October 20 and 27 at 8pm THE INTERCULTURAL CENTER'S NETFLIX WATCH PARTY "WHOSE VOTE COUNTS?"
RSVP TO: DHAY ES254@G.RWU.EDU. Join the Zoom meeting at ID:940 0423 3399
October 21, 12-130pm
Voter Suppression and the Intersection with the Legal Field , Moderated by Professor June Speakman, PhD, Department of Politics and International Relations
Sponsored by the RWU School of Law Black Law Student Association
Log on at https://rwu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0vduiqrTIuHdfYnDrEtzh8ullPkUt6cUSP
Panelists: John Marion, Executive Director, Common Cause RI, Nellie Gorbea, Secretary of State, Rhode Island, Ameratu Kamara, RWU Law School Class of 2021, Treasurer, Black Law Student Association, Chanda Womack, Founding Executive Director, ARISE, Niamiah Jefferson, Lead Organizer, ARISE
Learn a brief history of voter suppression and voting rights. Discuss how voter suppression affected the 2016 election and could affect the 2020 election.
October 28, 7pm - Debate
Presented by the College Democrats and College Republicans.
Watch the debate at here.
Have a question for the debaters? Submit it here.
Trusted Sources 2020 RWU Library Guide Includes comprehensive resources for voter education for this election and beyond.
All In Challenge on Hawklink Provides updated civic involvement and voter education and registration event information.
Turbo Vote Provides national voter registration information, including verifying existing registrations.
List of Secretary of State's office in 50 states. Will link you to the unique voter laws in your home state.
Our Time is Now https://sites.google.com/g.rwu.edu/our-time-is-now/ Created by Honors CORE 102 Challenges of Democracy with out of state voter reg info!
Transportation to the Election Day Polls for Bristol Main Campus (I Old Ferry Road) residents.
This year's polling location is the Bristol Maritime Center, located at the corner of Church and Thames Streets. There are several ways to get to the polling location:
- Drive yourself to the polls and park in public parking on Thames Street. The Maritime Center is located on the pier at the corner of Church and Thames Streets.
- Take the RIPTA into downtown Bristol and get off at the corner of Church and Hope Streets. Walk 1 block west on Church Street, down the hill, to Thames Street. Cross and walk to the Maritime Center on the pier (5 minute walk from the bus).
- Take the RWU Bristol shuttle. Ask the driver to let you off at the corner of Church and High Streets. Walk 2 blocks west on Church Street, down the hill, to Thames Street. Cross and walk to the Maritime Center on the pier (7 minute walk from the shuttle stop).
Or you can take the special RWU VOTER VAN. SPACE IS LIMITED!!!
Please choose the time that you are interested in a ride to the polls.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, space is limited.
Visit the Google Form to request a seat.
Spaces are assigned on a first come-first served basis.
You will receive a confirmation of your reservation by Friday, October 30th.