Like volunteering in the community or advocating for change, voting is one of the many ways we can engage in service. To do service well, we need to be prepared. When we understand what we value, what the community needs, and what we can bring to the table, we can serve effectively and make sound choices. The same holds true for voting. The following resources can help you understand more about voting at Princeton, registering to vote, what’s on the ballot in your community, and more.
Voting on Campus
Vote100 is a student-led, nonpartisan campus campaign aspiring for 100% of the undergraduate student body to engage civically. Its goal is to highlight the critical importance of electoral participation as an essential aspect of a vibrant democracy. Vote100 wants all members of the Princeton University community to pledge to participate in all future elections, showing that civic responsibility is a foundational characteristic of what it means to be a Princetonian.
The Office of Community and Regional Affairs at Princeton University provides information on voter registration, election deadlines, voting districts, and polling locations for students residing on campus.
Princeton has partnered with TurboVote to assist members of the Princeton University community in registering to vote, requesting absentee ballots, and signing up for helpful reminders about elections and approaching deadlines.
Voting in NJ
Jersey Civic Engage is a multi-faceted, non-partisan initiative of the New Jersey Secretary of State’s Office. Its mission is to foster ongoing civic engagement in communities throughout New Jersey, because a healthy democracy needs active and engaged citizens.
Visit New Jersey's official voter site to register to vote, check your registration status, get important deadlines, apply to vote by mail, or find out where to vote in person as part of the early voting period or on Election Day.
The NJ Civic Engagement Hub (NJCEH) aims to make voting a sustainable community value and norm in New Jersey. It provides a centralized point of access for information and practical tools to assist, promote, and encourage everyday New Jerseyans to become more involved in the public functioning of their communities.
This new option allows New Jersey registered voters to cast their ballot in person, using a voting machine, during a nine-day period prior to Election Day. You can now choose to vote, in person, when it’s most convenient for your schedule.
In New Jersey, a voter may vote-by-mail by completing the Application for Vote-By-Mail Ballot and returning the application to their county clerk.
New Jersey is actively looking for state residents to become poll workers. You may work in any county in the New Jersey, not just the one in which you are registered to vote.
Explore voting information by state, see what’s on your ballot, check your voter registration status, find your polling place, and report day-of-voting issues.
Explore your ballot, make informed choices, and learn about all of the issues and candidates in a given election.
Political Student Groups
The American Whig-Cliosophic Society, or Whig-Clio, is Princeton University’s largest and oldest student organization, boasting over 500 active members and a rich history dating back to 1765. The Society is located at the heart of Princeton’s campus in Whig Hall. Subsidiaries include:
- International Relations Council
- Princeton Debate Panel
- Princeton Mock Trial
- Princeton Model Congress
- Whig-Cliosophic Honorary Debate Panel
Princeton College Democrats work to support both Democratic ideals and candidates. The student group seeks to advance liberalism among students at all levels of government, from local to federal. Together, the group spans the ideological range of the Democratic Party, from Blue Dog Moderates to Democratic Socialists.
Princeton College Republicans are the official representative for the Republican Party on Princeton's campus. The student group strives to promote conservative ideals and values among the student body, support Republican candidates, and host relevant speakers and events.
The Princeton Federalist Society seeks to further dialogue on important questions of law and public policy. This student group focuses mainly on national politics, constitutional interpretation, federalism, separation of powers, and limited government. All are welcome.
The Princeton Political Review (PPR) is Princeton University’s only multi-partisan political publication. It was founded on the belief that diverse beliefs and perspectives ought to be fostered and developed within our community and beyond. In response to critical events on a national and global scale, its staff writers strive to provide the campus with a comprehensive overview of the latest news.
The Princeton University Libertarians are a nonpartisan student group at Princeton University that believes in libertarian values such as small government, individual liberties, and free markets. It seeks to promote and discuss libertarian ideas, educate students on libertarian values, and contribute to the enriching political discussions on campus.
Vote100 is an intentional campus campaign aspiring for 100% of the undergraduate student body to engage civically. Its goal is to continue to highlight the critical importance of electoral participation as an essential aspect of a vibrant democracy. Vote 100 wants all members of our community to pledge to participate in all future elections, showing that civic responsibility is a foundational characteristic of what it means to be a Princetonian.
Princeton YDSA is a left-wing student group committed to educating, organizing, and mobilizing the campus community in the struggle for social change. Its vision of socialism is democratic, feminist, and anti-racist.
The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge empowers colleges and universities to achieve excellence in student democratic engagement. Princeton is a participating campus with access to a Virtual Democratic Engagement Toolkit with strategies and ideas for virtual and in-person learning.
The AAC&U advances the vitality and public standing of liberal education by making quality and equity the foundations for excellence in undergraduate education in service to democracy. Each election cycle, AAC&U shares Voter Participation Resources.
An initiative of the Scholars Strategy Network, this diverse group represents faculty of all levels at institutions throughout the U.S. This group shares resources curated specifically for faculty members by faculty members to support sharing of election and voter registration information with the students they teach and advise, such as the Faculty Guide to Student Voting in Your Classroom.
As part of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University, IDHE serves as a leading venue for nonpartisan, applied research, resources, and advocacy on college student political learning and engagement in democracy. View the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE, pronounced “n-solve”), a robust study of college and university student voting and service. Additionally, IDHE offers resources on academic freedom.