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Pioneer Voter and Civic Engagement Information

The information below is provided by Student Activities as a resource for Lewis & Clark student voters in:
  • registering to vote in their home state (if you are not already registered to vote in Oregon)
  • updating voter registration
  • understanding voter registration deadlines in their home state, and
  • how to get involved in voter advocacy
  • providing a list of voter advocacy and education resources

As a part of a long standing tradition of exploring, learning, and working together, Lewis & Clark College values and protects the freedom of students, faculty, and staff to express political views, to exercise their right to vote, and to participate in the electoral process. At the same time, to retain its status as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, Lewis & Clark must not participate or intervene in any political campaign, on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for political office, issue, or initiative.

Don’t forget that the deadline to register to

vote in Oregon is Tuesday, October 18th!

Only one more Presidential Debate!

  • October 19 – Third presidential debate (University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV)
    • Debate Moderator: Chris Wallace, Anchor, Fox News Sunday
  • Dominican University of California is leading an initiative to use technology and social media to engage voters in a discussion of major issues in the 2016 debates (#CollegeDebate16).

Presidential Debate Viewing in the Council Chamber hosted by Student Activities
Join Student Activities in the Council Chamber on the dates listed above at 6pm to watch the debates.

The General Election is on Tuesday, November 8, 2016!

The Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State’s 2016 Elections Calendar can be found here.
The deadline to register to vote in Oregon (online, by mail, or in person) is Tuesday, October 18th.

If you’re registered to vote in your home state, please make sure that
you have made the necessary arrangements to request your absentee ballot!

Resource websites for voter advocacy and education, voter registration, candidate debates, special elections, primary elections, and the general election.

  • 2016 Election Central – This website is not sponsored by any candidate, PAC or any other election-related entity. That said, objectivity is always in the eye of the beholder but please don’t take any story or lack of story as an endorsement or censoring of a specific candidate or campaign.
  • AffordableCollegesOnline – AffordableCollegesOnline provides a great resource for voters to examine the presidential candidates’ views on education and some of the education related issues in this upcoming election. 
  • American Council on Education (ACE) Memorandum on Political campaign-related activities of and at colleges and universities – We summarize here the “dos” and “don’ts” of potential entanglements of colleges and universities and their personnel, in campaigns for public office. The summary is not exhaustive and omits legal citations. It is based on judicial and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rulings under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; IRS guidance; and the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended, as well as Federal Election Commission regulations that apply to colleges and universities. This memorandum was prepared by the Washington, DC law firm Hogan Lovells US LLP (March 2016)
  • Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon – The Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon is an archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.
  • Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon – APANO was founded in 1996 with significant support from the Immigrant Refugee Community Organization in Multnomah County under the principle that we are stronger together, and that our communities would benefit from more coordinated leadership particularly in areas of public policy advocacy
  • Basic Rights Oregon – Basic Rights Oregon will ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Oregonians experience equality by building a broad and inclusive politically powerful movement, shifting public opinion, and achieving policy victories. Basic Rights Oregon is a member of the Equality Federation.
  • Best Student Voting Guide — has created a comprehensive voter’s guide replete with everything you need to know about voting in the 2016 election. Their state-by-state directory explores voter eligibility criteria, residency requirements, registration deadlines, and other voting guidelines in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Their key issues guide takes a bipartisan look at the major talking points of this election, and reviews each candidate’s stance. Their voting rights manual outlines the registration process for college students in all circumstances. Finally, their voting resources list includes links to campus organizations, registration portals, and other sites geared toward college voters.
  • The Bus Project – The Bus Project engages new folks in democracy, builds a great future and empowers great people to lead it, right here in the great state of Oregon.
  • Campus Election Engagement Project – The Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) is a national nonpartisan project that helps America’s colleges and universities motivate their 20 million students to register, volunteer in campaigns, educate themselves, and turn out at the polls.
  • College Debate 2016 (#CollegeDebate16) – What if youth issues decide the next U.S. President? College Debate 2016 is a national, non-partisan initiative to empower young voters to identify issues and engage peers in the presidential election. As a Voter Education Partner for the Commission on Presidential Debates, Dominican University of California is proud to lead College Debate 2016.
  • Commission on Presidential Debates – The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) corporation that was established in 1987 to ensure that debates, as a permanent part of every general election, provide the best possible information to viewers and listeners.
  • – Service of Capitol Advantage and Knowlegis, LLC; private, nonpartisan companies that specialize in facilitating civic participation.
  • Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon – Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is a statewide association of Christian denominations, congregations, ecumenical organizations and interfaith partners working together to improve the lives of Oregonians through community ministry programs, ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue, environmental ministry, and public policy advocacy.
  • Election Center – Nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting, preserving, and improving democracy. Its members are government employees whose profession is to serve in voter registration and elections administration.
  • Elections Assistance Commission – The United States Elections Assistance Commission (EAC), an independent bipartisan agency, is authorized by the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to serve as “…a national clearinghouse and resource for the comparison of information” on various matters involving the administration of Federal Elections.
  • Fair Elections Legal Network – The Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN) is a national, nonpartisan voting rights, legal support and election reform organization whose mission is to remove barriers to registration and voting for traditionally underrepresented constituencies.
  • Federal Election Commission – Administers and enforces the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA).
  • Federal Voting Assistance Program – Voting help for uniformed service members, their families and citizens living outside the U.S.
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Portland – The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland is the support system for your Jewish journey. Since 1920, the Jewish Federation has helped nourish your Jewish life, enrich our community, and keep Jewish culture strong in Portland and around the world.
  • Join the Debates – This election season, middle, high school, and college students from across the United States will practice each week engaging their peers in substantive and civil conversation on the issues important to the U.S. Presidential debates and election. Join the Debates shows why it’s important and teaches you how to do it. “Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.” – Hubert Humphrey
  • League of Women Voters – The League of Women Voters (LWV), a nonpartisan political organization, has fought since 1920 to improve our systems of government and impact policies through citizen education and advocacy.
  • Long Distance Voter – Launched in 2008, Long Distance Voter, the absentee ballot experts, makes voting easier, wherever you are. 3 million voters and counting.
  • Multnomah County Elections Division – You probably have a lot of questions and the Multnomah County Elections Division is one of the best places to find the answers you’re looking for. Are you registered to vote in Multnomah County? Do you want to get registered to vote in Multnomah County? What’s going to be on the ballot? What are my voting options? Who’s in office now?
  • Muslim Educational Trust – The Muslim Educational Trust (MET) was established in response to the community’s needs in the Portland area. These needs for education about Islam were generated by the Muslim community as well as the Non-Muslim community.
  • My Time To Vote – My Time To Vote (MYTIME2VOTE) is a comprehensive one stop empowerment organization with the goal to both instill in American citizens the importance of their participation in the democratic process of our great nation and to give them the tools and information to do it.
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People – The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
  • National Voter Registration Day – In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2016, we want to make sure no one is left out. On September 27, 2016, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country “hit the streets” for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities–allowing us to reach tens of thousands of voters who we could no reach otherwise.
  • Nonprofit VOTE – Nonprofit VOTE partners with America’s nonprofits to help people they serve participate and vote. We are the largest source of nonpartisan resources to help nonprofits integrate voter engagement into their ongoing activities and services.
  • Oregon League of Minority Voters – The Oregon League of Minority Voters (OLMV) seeks to empower the grassroots, both within the League and minority communities through education and training. We believe that grassroots initiatives and consensus building are the strengths of our organization.
  • Oregon Secretary of State - Elections Division – The Secretary of State is Oregon’s Chief Election Officer. The Elections Division uniformly interprets and applies the election laws that allow our democracy to function.
  • – is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations committed to increasing the voter participation of young Americans. Since their launch in 2011, we have registered hundreds and thousands of young voters by organizing education campaigns, forming strategic partnerships with heavily trafficked online brands, dozens of A-list and YouTube celebrities, and by utilizing our state-of-the-art voter registration technology.
  • Partners in Diversity – Partners in Diversity (PiD) operates as an affiliate of the Portland Business Alliance Charitable Institute, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and seeks to address employers’ critical needs for achieving and empowering a workforce that reflects the rapidly changing demographics of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Portland League of Women Voters – The Portland League of Women Voters is a multi-issue organization whose mission is to encourage the informed and active participation of citizens in government and to influence public policy through education and advocacy.
  • Portland Office of the City Auditor – City Elections assists the public with election issues, such as running for City office or preparing an initiative petition. This office makes available campaign rules and forms, as well as past election results.
  • Project Vote Smart – Project Vote Smart (PVS) is a citizens’ organization dedicated to serving all Americans with accurate, unbiased information for electoral decision making.
  • Rock the Vote – Rock the Vote’s mission is to engage and build political power for young people in our country. Rock the Vote is the largest nonprofit and nonpartisan organization in the United States driving the youth vote to the polls. Fusing pop culture, politics, and technology, Rock the Vote works to mobilize the millennial voting bloc and the youth vote, protect voting rights, and advocate for an electoral process and voting system that works for the 21st century electorate.
  • Voto Latino – Voto Latino is a nonpartisan organization that empowers Latino Millennials to claim a better future for themselves and their community. United by the belief that Latino issues are American issues and American issues are Latino issues, Voto Latino is dedicated to bringing new and diverse voices to develop leaders by engaging youth, media, technology and celebrities to promote positive change.
  • Your Vote, Your Voice — Voter education and registration activities historically have been important undertakings of the nation’s colleges and universities. To support and enhance these civic engagement activities among students, the Washington Higher Education Secretariat launched the National Campus Voter Registration Project and Your Vote, Your Voice in 1996. These efforts gained heightened importance in 1998 when Congress mandated that all colleges and universities make a good-faith effort to distribute voter registration forms to all degree- or certificate-seeking students attending class on campus. Your Vote, Your Voice is the cooperative effort of nearly 50 Washington, D.C.-based national higher education organizations.

Do you know of any voter advocacy and education resources that you’d like to see listed on this site? Send the site’s name and address to and we’ll add it to the list!

Oregon voter registration, absentee voter, and election information.
Visit the Oregon Secretary of State’s website for general information regarding voting and elections in the State of Oregon.

Registering to vote in Oregon is quick and simple. Oregonians can register:
  • Online using using My Vote
  • By mail using a voter registration form. This form is also available in Spanish
  • In person at the county elections office (Multnomah County Elections Division)

In Oregon, the deadline to register to vote is 21 days before Election Day, so please register early!
To register to vote in Oregon, you must be a U.S. citizen, an Oregon resident at at least 17 years old. Online registration requires current Oregon driver’s license or state ID card. October 18, 2016 is the last day to register to vote in Oregon in the General Election.

In March of 2015, Gov. Kate Brown J.D. ’85 signed House Bill 2177, Oregon’s New Motor Voter Act, creating a new system to register eligible Oregonians to vote. Oregon is the first state to shift from an opt-in to an opt-out voter registration system for those who renew or apply for diver’s license or state ID with the DMV. Voters will still be eligible to register online or by submitting a voter registration form to their county clerk (Multnomah County Elections Division).

The Oregon Secretary of State encourages all eligible Oregonians to register and vote. Organizers of voter registration drives have five calendar days to turn in completed forms to a county elections office, and cannot coerce people to register with a particular political party. Voter registration forms can be obtained from county election offices. To obtain 500 or more applications, please fill our this form, and return it to the Oregon Elections Division.

When you move from living in the residence halls at Lewis & Clark to a new location it is important that you register to vote in your new district if you were previously registered to vote with your Lewis & Clark MSC as your voting address. If you are voting absentee from your home state, please make sure that your home state has your current contact information.

In Oregon, we vote-by-mail!
Oregon has the most convenient voting system in the country. Since adopting vote-by-mail, Oregon consistently ranks as a national leader in voter turnout.

Registered voters receive a ballot two to three weeks before an election, giving time to research issues or candidates.

Voters also receive an official ballot to complete and insert into the security envelope which is placed in the ballot return envelope and signed by the voter. The ballot return envelope can be stamped and mailed or dropped off at any official drop box across the state. If a voter casts their ballot after the Wednesday before an election, the ballot should be left at a drop box site to ensure it’s counted.

The date for the General Election is Tuesday, November 8, 2016. The Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State’s 2016 Elections Calendar can be found here.

As a service to the Lewis & Clark community, ballots for Multnomah County only will be collected at the Mail Room in Templeton and delivered to our nearby official drop box by staff from the Office of Student Activities on Election Day. This convenience saves you a trip and a stamp!

Voter registration, absentee voter, and election information for all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

U.S. territory government pages are provided for reference only. (U.S. territories do not have voting representation in the United States Congress, and are not entitled to electoral votes for President.)

As a part of a long standing tradition of exploring, learning, and working together, Lewis & Clark College values and protects the freedom of students, faculty, and staff to express political views, to exercise their right to vote, and to participate in the electoral process. At the same time, to retain its status as a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, Lewis & Clark must not participate or intervene in any political campaign, on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for political office, issue, or initiative.



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