OXY Votes

Resources for Voters

OXY Votes want to help make sure that you are registered and informed - check out some of the resources we've collected.

This page will be updated regularly and will include additional events, as we approach the election. Please note, the following resources are compiled for the use of our campus community, but does not indicate that the College agrees with any statements made on any of the sites or endorsement of any candidate or position. Please use your own judgement to make the most informed decision possible.

Events & Initiatives

U.S. Presidential Debates & Watch Parties

Washington (CNN) - The presidential debates are around the corner, with Democratic nominee Joe Biden and President Donald Trump set to square off for the first time on stage next week. All debates are scheduled to take place from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET on their respective dates without commercial breaks. CLICK HERE for information about the format and schedule of the four general election debates.

You can also watch live on C-SPAN's YouTube Channel HERE. Also, there is a substantial amount of debate watch parties out there. Here's a couple of examples below:

California Campus Compact Fellowship

SLICE is supporting the California Campus Compact Fellowship program in which a $500 grant is provided to an Occidental student working to advance civic engagement and voting initiatives. This fall, the Occidental Campus Compact Fellow will be supporting student voter registration, education, and mobilization. Additionally, they will promote the opportunity for Oxy students to serve as poll workers at the 11-day Vote Center located on the Occidental College campus.

National Voter Registration Day

On Tuesday, September 22, volunteers, organizations, artists, and activists all over the country will "hit the streets" for National Voter Registration Day (NVRD). The NVRD portal includes webinars, registration drive rules, online registration tools, social media assets and 50-State Voter ID Rules.

Competitions & Involvement Opportunities

Ballot Bowl

The Ballot Bowl was developed by the California Students Vote Project (CSVP), a project of the California Secretary of State in partnership with a coalition of nonprofit organizations in 2016. The CSVP aims to increase civic engagement and voter participation among California university and college students. This year, in order to honor the efforts of campuses who work to register their students to vote past the E-15 online voter registration deadline, the Ballot Bowl will extend to Election Day, and a new competition element of the most registrations at an on-campus polling place or vote center has been introduced.

To participate, email mrodriguez6@oxy.edu for Oxy's unique registration code.

In order to encourage the sharing of resources, ideas and knowledge, the Students Vote Project team has created a public Facebook group that is open to California university and college students, higher education employees in California, and those working on increasing civic engagement in California university and college students. We hope that this Facebook group not only serves as a way to share resources, but also allows for increased collaboration across higher education institutions in California. You can access the group by searching “California Students Vote Project” or by visiting: www.facebook.com/groups/castudentsvote/.

All In To Vote

The ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge strives for a more vibrant, equitable, and 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.

Feeling extra patriotic? There are so many ways to help the movement to increase voter turnout!

  • Engage Your Club with ALL IN! To get involved is easy—all we need is some information in our engagement form and our staff will follow up.
  • Become a Poll Worker! Power the Polls is a first-of-its-kind initiative to recruit the next generation of poll workers and volunteers to ensure a safe, fair election for all voters.
  • Share your plan with friends and family your plan to vote on social media.

More at allintovote.org/get-involved/

Student Engagement Resources

StudentVote.org

StudentVote.org was launched by the Student PIRGs in partnership with Rock the Vote. Since 2008, we’ve worked with more than one hundred campus and group partners. Below are our premier partners.

  • Voting Resources: Need to check your registration status? Want to learn about voter ID and other requirements? Find all the information you need to vote in your state here.
  • Get Involved: Interested in interning, volunteering, or getting other students to turn out to vote? Find out ways to get involved here.

New Voters Project

New Voters Project works with college campuses, cities, and states to make it easier, safer, and more accessible for students to vote. They’re building support for statewide reforms including automatic voter registration and vote by mail. New Voters Project also works with campuses to be ready to run a virtual civic engagement program in the fall. Additionally, they're connecting with college campus administrators to make voting and civic engagement more institutionalized in residence halls, class registration, and other aspects of student life.

  • Want to join the national New Voters Project calls? RSVP here!
  • Want to learn more about transitioning your civic engagement program online? Check out the Digital Toolkit!

Fact Checking

PolitiFact.com

PolitiFact.com is a nonprofit project operated by the Poynter Institute. It began in 2007 as a project of the Tampa Bay Times (then the St. Petersburg Times), with reporters and editors from the newspaper and its affiliated news media partners reporting on the accuracy of statements made by elected officials, candidates, their staffs, lobbyists, interest groups, and others involved in U.S. politics.

FactCheck.org

FactCheck.org, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, is a nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics. They monitor the factual accuracy of what is said by major U.S. political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews and news releases. 

Voter Registration

Can I Vote? How? Where?

Can I Vote? - This nonpartisan website was created by state election officials to help eligible voters figure out how and where to go vote. It is a general resource for determining your voter eligibility and offers details on a state-by-state basis including information about absentee and early voting requirements.

Voter Affinity Groups & Ballot Recommendations

Color Of Change PAC

Color Of Change PAC is a Political Action Committee focused on building We’re the political action committee focused on building Black political power, uplifting Black voices, and celebrating Black joy. More at facebook.com/colorofchangepac #VotingWhileBlack

Voto Latino

Voto Latino is a grassroots political organization focused on educating and empowering a new generation of Latinx voters, as well as creating a more robust and inclusive democracy. Through innovative digital campaigns, culturally relevant programs and authentic voices, we shepherd the Latinx community towards full realization of its political power. More at votolatino.org

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. More at lwvc.org

Also, you can find LWVC California ballot remmondations HERE.

Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice

CLUE, educates, organizes, and mobilizes the faith community to accompany workers and their families in their struggle for good jobs, dignity, and justice.

CLUE has also prepared a November 2020 Voter Guide, which includes California Propositions as well as city measures in Santa Monica and Long Beach. For a downloadable version with more explanation on priority propositions, please CLICK HERE.

Los Angeles Resources

The Oxy Vote Center

This is the first time Angelenos will cast ballots for U.S. President under a brand-new 11-day Vote Center model, one that includes state-of-the-art equipment, an updated design for mail-in ballots and new locations for in-person voting. The Oxy Vote Center will be a place to drop off your mail-in ballot, register to vote (even on the day of the election), get help voting in multiple languages and get a replacement vote-by-mail ballot if yours is lost or destroyed. For more information about this initiative, or if you're interested in serving as a poll worker, visit www.lavote.net or email mrodriguez6@oxy.edu

California Resources

California 2020 Ballot Propositions

California 2020 ballot propositions - Ballotpediaballotpedia.org

In California, 13 statewide ballot propositions are on the ballot for elections in 2020. Twelve (12) ballot measures were certified to appear on the ballot for the election on November 3, 2020.

CA Student Vote & Oxy Student PIRG

CALPIRG Students is a student organization here that works to protect the environment, fight hunger and homelessness, and promote civic engagement. And @oxy.calpirg is our own campus chapter.

This Fall our priority campaign is our New Voters Project. This November we have the opportunity to elect national, state, and local leaders who will be making important decisions that impact all of us.  Young people make up the largest and most diverse group of potential voters in the country, with our own values, ideas and issues that we care about.  That means we can make a big impact in the November Election, but only if we vote!  

CALPIRG is working with the student government and other student groups this fall to make sure no one misses Election Day. We have volunteer and internship opportunities doing outreach, organizing events, and spreading the world through media and social media. 

APPLY Now: Remote Internships Available. Help get out the vote and make a difference this Fall.

National Resources

Plan Your Vote

Mark your calendars. Everything you need to know about mail-in and early in-person voting, including the first day you can cast your ballot in the 2020 election is HERE. Use this MAP to answer the following questions:

  • Can I vote by mail without an excuse?
  • Can I register to vote and cast my ballot on the same day?
  • Can I vote in person before Election Day?
  • After I vote by mail, can I track my ballot?

Vote Smart

Vote Smart, formerly called Project Vote Smart, is a non-profit, non-partisan research organization that collects and distributes information on candidates for public office in the United States. It covers candidates and elected officials in six basic areas: background information, issue positions (via the Political Courage Test), voting records, campaign finances, interest group ratings, and speeches and public statements. They also offer the Vote Easy widget to help you sift through information to determine your "political soulmate" from among the candidates.

ProCon.org

ProCon.org is an online resource for research on controversial issues. The content of ProCon.org is produced by five staff researchers, and its stated mission is "Promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship by presenting controversial issues in a straightforward, nonpartisan, primarily pro-con format." For each of its U.S. presidential election sites since 2008, ProCon.org has attracted millions of readers with its coverage of the candidates and their positions on key issues. The New York Times (“Great Free Websites for Teaching Election 2012,” September 5, 2012) hailed the ProCon.org election site as: “The most comprehensive teaching tool for researching the candidate’s stance on issues.”

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC)

The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) was established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA). EAC is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to meet HAVA requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration.


SLICE is developing a Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement track that inspires students to be engaged and active community members. By centering the value of dialogue across difference, we aim to nurture social responsibility and provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities to make a difference. For more information, email mrodriguez6@oxy.edu